Deputy Mayor Defends Construction of ISKCON Temple

February 4, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times,00050003.htm

On February 4, 2004 the Hindustan Times reported, "Amidst protests by local religious bodies, a senior city official has strongly defended the allocation of land for the construction of a Krishna temple and Vedic Centre in Moscow by the local chapter of ISKCON. 'This is an officially recognised structure, this is not a banned religion and has a large following,' Moscow Deputy Mayor Valery Shantsev said, justifying the allocation of 1.5 hectare of land to the Moscow chapter of International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKON)."