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Religions of Sochi



Before 1864 Sochi was a Muslim town dominated by the native people of the local mountaineer of Ubykhia clans and the north of Sochi was dominated by the Shapsugs who are a part of the Adyghe nation. Currently, Sochi is a predominantly Christian city, though there are thought to be around 20,000 Muslims living there (the majority are from Adyghe) plus other eastern caucasians, Turks, Tatars, and other smaller Muslim groups.



Despite this fact, there is no mosque in the city of Sochi, the nearest being around 60 km (37 miles) north of the city center in the Adyghe village of T'hagapsh. In 2009, President Medvedev promised that a permanent mosque would be built in the city but so far permission has not been given