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Abdul-Vakhed Niyazov

Presidente dell’European Muslim Forum (EMF)

Born April 23, 1969, in Omsk.
President of the European Muslim Forum – a pan-European platform representing the interests of Muslims of Greater Europe. Graduated from the Russian State University for the Humanities, Faculty of Public Administration and Office Management. Received a second university degree in Russian Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation (political science).
Since April 1991 – president of the Islamic Cultural Center of Russia – a public division of Russian Muftis Council. First public Muslim organization in Russia. Since February 1994 – Deputy President of Executive Committee of Higher Coordination Center of Muslim Spiritual Directorates. Founder of the Union of Muslims of Russia. Since May 1995 – co-president of the Union of Muslims of Russia. In autumn 1998 was elected as a President of Council of All-Russian public political movement “Refah” (Prosperity). Elected as a deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation of the third convocation in the electoral bloc Interregional Movement Unity (Bear), which became the basis for the creation of the current ruling party “United Russia”.
Worked as a Deputy Chairman of State Duma Committee for Regulation and Organization of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. Since May 2001 – President of the Political Council of Eurasia Party – Russian Patriotic Union. Since August 2005 – vice-president of the European Muslim Union. Since September 2005 co-president and then a member of Federal
Political Council of the political party Russian Patriots. Since April – 2006 vicepresident of the International Muslim Film Festival “Golden Minbar” (Kazan city). In 2007, the Islamic Cultural Center of Russia headed by Niyazov received the status of a public division of the Council of Muftis of Russia. Since 2012 Chairman of the Board of Directors of Islamic social network Salamworld. He was awarded with state awards. He is married and has got four sons.
During A.V. Niyazov’s presidency, the ICC of Russia has worked closely with authorities, public associations and mass media. Thanks to the ICC, the Days of Muslim Culture in Russia became traditional, the first Muslim TV programs “All Koran Suras” and “Thousand and One Day: Muslim Encyclopedia” were broadcast.
In 1990s the ICC of Russia actively assisted the development of Hadj system in Russia, built more than 70 mosques in various regions of the country, participated in creation of educational infrastructure, assisted unification of Muslim clergy into Russian Muftis Council under spiritual guidance of which it still works.
Developing inter-confessional and interethnic dialogue and cooperation, A.V. Niyazov has established functional relationship with the main Russian religions representatives, and above all with the Russian Orthodox Church. Under his guidance the ICC of Russia has also developed strong relationship with the Vatican, the Dalai Lama and other world religious centers.
For the past 30 years A.-V. Niyazov has been initiating inter-confessional meetings, conferences and panel discussions, participating in programs of intercommunity cooperation, and in programs of opposition to international terrorism, extremism, nationalism, growing islamophobia and xenophobia, assisting the settlement of conflict in the Chechen Republic.
In the early 1990s he, as a head of the ICC of Russia, took the initiative of joining Russia to Organization of the Islamic Conference (now – the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, OIC), which he views as not only strategic, but also economic profit for Russia. This initiative has gained support from Russian Muslim community and, due to the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s goodwill,
in June 2005 Russia received a status of observer in Organization Islamic Cooperation. The ICC of Russia has always supported complex development of Russian foreign policy and balanced cooperation both with East and West.
In accordance to this principle, constructive cooperation with major Muslim international organizations, including the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the Muslim World League, and World Islamic Appeal Association was established. The ICC constantly supports business contacts with Muslim community in more than 20 European and 40 Muslim countries. In almost 19 years the ICC of Russia has held about 20 major international conferences and forums, several dozens of panel discussions, symposiums and other events that met with a wide response in Russia and abroad.
From 2012 to 2017, he headed the Board of Directors of the largest Muslim IT-project Salamworld, headquartered in Istanbul. In 2018 he became the head of the Board of Trustees of the Moscow Islamic Institute. On October 8, 2018, he was elected as President of the European Muslim Forum, established in Barcelona,
which on October 23, announced its tasks in the Rome Declaration, adopted in the capital of Italy. Under his leadership, the European Muslim Forum has achieved great results within just six months, including the worldwide recognition of this important Association of Muslims in Europe, launched many humanitarian and peacekeeping projects such as the Solidarity Mission which concerned the tragic events in Christchurch, New Zealand, as well as the Mission of Peace – to establish a good-neighborly dialogue between Pakistan and India. A great deal of activity is devoted to interreligious cooperation and the establishment of diverse contacts between various Muslim communities in Europe and around the world. President of the European Muslim Forum Abdul-Vakhed Niyazov is respected both within the Muslim community of Europe and among representatives of civil society in European countries. He has personal long-term contacts with the
heads of some States of Europe and the Muslim world. He is known for his tolerance and openness.