Russian Halal Industry ‘Unhurt by Economic Crisis’

SHAFAQNA – The halal food industry in Russia has kept on blooming and unaffected by the economic downturn that has hit the country in the wake of sanctions, an industry figure told Anadolu Agency yesterday, May 22.

“Despite the economic crisis, not even a single firm which sells halal products has closed,” Madina Kalimullina, director of the sixth Moscow International Halal Expo, said.

Expressing same tone of satisfaction, Rushan Abbasov, the vice chairman of Russian Mufti Council, also made it clear that the market for halal products and services in Russia has been increasing year by year, and many food companies had earned halal certificates, as reported by the Word Bulletin.

“Despite the economic crisis in Russia, the interest of fair has not decreased this year,” he said

The statements were made at the occasion of the Moscow International Halal  Expo, which started on Thursday, and was organized as a way of introducing products according to Islamic standards and principles.

The International Halal Expo is showing the way to express Islam and Islamic principles, fashion designer Dilara Sadrieva told Anadolu agency on Saturday.

“We want to change the common idea that Islamic dressing style is boring and dull,”  Sadrieva said,  adding that Muslim women have brought beauty and prestige to the world.

Halal Expo was launched by the Russia Muftis Council (RMC) in 2010 in a bid to attract new investors to the growing halal market.

Yusup Magomaev, deputy chairman of the Chechen government’s tourism committee, said the expo was an opportunity to find business partners.

The fair, for which Anadolu Agency is the global communications partner, is packed with displays from companies involved in Islamic finance, clothing, fashion, culture, pharmacy and tourism, as well as halal food products and services.

More than 200 firms are taking part in the three-day exhibition, some from as far afield as Turkey, Iran, Britain, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The program includes a day of Islamic culture, giving visitors the chance to see new trends in Muslim fashion and cuisine, as well as examine Islamic art and listen to traditional music.

The Russian Federation is home to some 23 million Muslims in the north of the Caucasus and southern republics of Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan.

Islam is Russia’s second-largest religion representing roughly 15 percent of its 145 million predominantly Orthodox population.

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