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Kyamran Zhalierov is the Imam of the mosque in government-controlled Konstatinivka, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. The mosque is 24 km from the frontline “Line of Contact” in the war between Ukraine and the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic.<br />
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At the mosque in Konstatinivka (Kostyantynivka), imam Kyamran Zhalierov (dressed in black) and Avez Sheraliev, chairman (lay leader) of the mosque, meet with OSCE monitoring officers to discuss issues faced by the approximately 1,000 Muslims residents of the area, Nov. 3, 2016. Both men have lived in Konstatinivka for 25 years. The mosque’s 50 members, mostly ethnic Azeris, are fully integrated into the local community and face no discrimination. “I’m a Ukrainian citizen. My children grew up here. If I went to Azerbaijan, what would I do there?” Sheraliev asks. “We visit and after three days my kids want to come home.”<br />
     The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has over 700 unarmed civilian monitors from 45 countries posted in Ukraine, observing and reporting on security and humanitarian issues stemming from the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.<br />
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Date:  11/3/2016<br />
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Kyamran Zhalierov is the Imam of the mosque in government-controlled Konstatinivka, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. The mosque is 24 km from the frontline “Line of Contact” in the war between Ukraine and the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic.

At the mosque in Konstatinivka (Kostyantynivka), imam Kyamran Zhalierov (dressed in black) and Avez Sheraliev, chairman (lay leader) of the mosque, meet with OSCE monitoring officers to discuss issues faced by the approximately...
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