A report about female genital mutilation (FGM) has sparked a fierce debate in the North Caucasus.
Some clerics in Dagestan have defended the practice.
Is FGM common in Dagestan?
Campaigners say it is.
One NGO says it has interviewed many women who say FGM is common practice among Muslims in mountain villages.
You can read the report from The Russian Justice Initiative here (in Russian)
The regional Muslim leader Ismail Berdiyev withdrew a comment he made suggesting all women should undergo FGM.
However, in this social media post, Senior Orthodox Christian priest Vsevolod Chaplin seemed to back the stance.
The comments have prompted an outcry from campaigners.
FGM – Fact Check
Female genital mutilation comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons.
It is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.