On 17 July from 7 am until 11 am, four local mosques will host festive prayer services in the run-up to Eid ul-Fitr (Lesser Bairam), a highly important Muslim holiday. Each year, the city helps Muslim religious organisations hold this event.
As city mosques are unable to accommodate everyone who comes to prayer, festive prayers have been held at specially allotted sites over the past few years, in line with the Muslim organisations’ proposals.
Three additional venues will open this year:
— Near the Izumrudny (Emerald) fitness and health improvement centre at 96 Yuzhnobutovskaya Street in the Southwestern Administrative Area;
— At the 60th October Revolution Anniversary Park at 9 Andropov Prospekt in the Southern Administrative Area;
— Pavilion No 4 of Sokolniki Park at 7/1 5th Luchevoi Prosek in the Eastern Administrative Area.
Metal detectors will be installed at the entrances, and police officers will ask those attending the events to show their ID cards. Authorities will also try and prevent illegal trade during collective prayers.
In an effort to boost comfort and public safety, authorities will restrict traffic near the Moscow Congregational Mosque at 7 Vypolzov Pereulok, the Historical Mosque at 28 Bolshaya Tatarskaya Street, and the Yardyam and Inam mosques at 8 and 8/1 Khachaturyan Street. Traffic will also be restricted near the Shukhad Memorial Mosque at 2B Minskaya Street, where access to one lane in Kutuzovsky Prospekt will be temporarily blocked, while public transit will continue to run.
The metro schedule will also change. The Prospekt Mira metro station on the orange line will be closed until 8 am on 17 July, with no trains stopping there. The Prospekt Mira circle line metro station will function as usual, with passengers exiting via the orange line station.
Incoming and outgoing passenger traffic will be rerouted at the Dostoyevskaya, Mendeleyevskaya, Sukharevskaya, Novoslobodskaya, Trubnaya and Rizhshkaya metro stations in order to improve the transport situation at key congregation point.
The number of volunteers helping with the events will be increased during the Eid ul-Fitr celebrations, including at metro stations, in order to make things easier for those attending the celebrations.