The fear of Islam amid the expansion of Wahhabism is typical in some parts of Russian society, representative of the National Anti-Terrorist Committee Nikolai Sintsov said.
"The expansion of Wahhabism with its preaching of religious intolerance, jihad and religion-motivated terrorism - all this has led to the growth of Islamophobia and xenophobia aimed against people who practice Islam," Sintsov said on Tuesday at a conference in Pyatigorsk.
"Namely the fear of Muslims, the fear of Islam has become typical of some parts of Russian society and this leads to certain consequences," Sintsov said.
That is why Russian Muslims should be oriented in Russian religious centers such as Kazan, Ufa and Grozny, Sintsov said.
"The experience shows that foreign religious influence does not offer anything good for Muslims in Russia," he said.