Meanwhile, Khasavov fled Russia after receiving death threats.
Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov and Chechen mufti Sultan-hadji Mirzayev have both harshly criticized the proposal by Chechen legal scholar Dagir Khasavov to establish Shari'a courts in Russia for the benefit of those Russian Muslims who do not want to “get bogged down in the Russian legal system,” which they do not trust.
Khasavov, who is based in Moscow, advocated Shari'a courts as an alternative to complement Russia’s civil justice system in an interview on April 24 with REN-TV that, according to his son Arslan, has not been shown in its entirety. Instead, only selected statements from the interview were broadcast. The most controversial, and that which occasioned the most negative comment, was Khasavov’s warning that the Muslim community would respond to efforts to prevent the introduction of a Shari'a court with a “river of blood” in Moscow. Khasavov later distanced himself from that remark, implying that he had been goaded into making an intemperate and inappropriate comment.
Mirzayev for his part said Khasavov does not have the right to speak on behalf of other Muslims. Mirzayev characterized Khasavov as a “pseudo-Muslim who does not understand Islam and Shari'a law.”
"Shari'a exists in Russia and Muslims live by it,” Mirzayev declared.