Putin Opens Mecca Path for Muslims

Putin scores points with his Muslim nation allies. — PID

December 19, 2007 (NY TIMES) — Barred by the Soviets for decades from carrying out Islam’s most sacred rite, such pilgrims were among the tens of thousands of Russian Muslims traveling to Saudi Arabia to join the masses in Mecca for the annual pilgrimage, or hajj, to one of Islam’s holiest sites. Full Report