UK Supports Hindus in Moscow Temple Controversy

January 29, 2006

Source: The Times of India

On January 29, 2006 The Times of India reported, "Britain is to throw its weight behind its Hindu community's vocal campaign against Russia's alleged harassment of the country's 100,000 white, Slav Krishna-bhakts and 30,000 other Indian-Russian Hindus. British foreign minister Douglas Alexander has told parliament the UK will discuss Russia's alleged harassment at a EU summit, which is part of the ongoing dialogue with Moscow. Alexander acknowledged that Hindus in Russia faced difficulties in practising their faith freely and were apparently unable even to establish a permanent place of worship in Moscow. The minister's comment referred to the Russian Hindus' well-publicised complaint that Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov had cancelled permission for them to build a grand temple in the heart of Moscow."