As many as 50,000 Muslims came to the Cathedral Mosque on August 30 for prayers. Only 15,000 came to the mosque on Bolshaya Tatarskaya Street (Novokuznetskaya metro station).
Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered to arrange the prayer house at one of the pavilions of the exhibition center in Sokolniki Park. Moscow authorities were expecting up to 9,000 believers to come to the pavilion. However, the turnout was much lower than expected. The huge pavilion, with countless prayer rugs on the floor, was half-empty, the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper wrote.
Muslim clergymen say that four mosques in Moscow are not enough. According to them, if new mosques were built in the city, the believers would go to different locations instead of coming to only one or two. In addition, the number of immigrants from Muslim republics of Russia and the former USSR is only expected to grow in the future.