A dreadful and senseless outrage is happening the Russian capital.
Hundreds of entirely peaceful and innocent people have been seized
hostage by terrorists. Filled with anxiety I am praying for these
people so that they may return to their homes and families alive
I hope that the
captors will come to reason and avoid any bloodshed. I ask the Islamic
leaders both in Russia and the world to exert influence on the conscience
of these people and urge them not to kill innocent people. In this
utterly complex situation, I call upon our state authorities to
act with responsibility and wisdom, to act in such a way that human
lives could be saved, and most importantly, that this may never
be repeated in our city and in all Russia.
I beseech my compatriots
to keep peace and vigilance. In these days we should not give way
to fear, despair, enmity - all that the criminals wish to sow. May
the Lord cleanse our land from the blight of terror. May He preserve
Russia and her people who at all times have been able to withstand
any trial and protect themselves from any affliction.