US News There is no evidence that Putin and Salman negotiated a church against a mosque

14:40  26 october  2020
14:40  26 october  2020 Source:   liberation.fr

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This is the story of a meeting between King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The first asks the second if he can build a large mosque in Moscow. The Russian head of state accepts, but lays down a condition: a large Orthodox church must be built in Riyadh, the Saudi capital. The king refuses and the discussion ends there.

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"This is what I call a head of state", enthusiastic many Internet users ( here , here or there for example) in posts, shared tens of thousands of times and illustrated by a portrait of Vladimir Putin.

This exchange comes up regularly on social networks, always for the benefit of Putin, because he has shown here firmness in the face of Islam, and in particular the funding of this cult by foreign powers.

Almost a year ago to the day, a tweet shared hundreds of times also reported. "This is the application of the principle of reciprocity", greeted a Parisian lawyer , himself retweeted by Christine Boutin.

A few months earlier, in March 2019 , it is no longer the King of Saudi Arabia who allegedly offered this barter to the tenant of the Kremlin, but the crown prince of the kingdom, Mohammed ben Salman .

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The first traces of this story date back to August 2017 , on Facebook pages of French-speaking supporters of Putin or on the site of the very right-wing Party of France.

History of 2008

Problem: there is no proof that this exchange took place, nor that the two heads of state thus cashed in places of worship to be built in each other.

In 2018, 20 Minutes already met the poison. In 2019 we dedicated a Detox. And more recently, it was the AFP Factuel that was also being verified, as rumors resurfaced in Belgium.

There is no trace of such an exchange in official records of previous meetings between Vladimir Putin and King Salman ( 2015 , 2017 ).

The story which may have inspired this hypothetical dialogue dates in fact from 2008. In November of this year, according to an dispatch from the Russian news agency Interfax spotted by AFP, the Saudi authorities propose, by the through the muftis (Muslim religious authorities) of Russia, to build a mosque in Russia. In return, several Russian Orthodox organizations ask to be able to build a church in the Saudi kingdom.

On the other hand, if there is already a large mosque in Moscow , there are on the other hand no churches in Saudi Arabia .

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