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Saturday, November 26, 2005

UK Groups Seek to Protect Russian Hindus from Persecution by Christians

The Hindu Forum of Britain, Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK Hindu Council of Brent & ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor invite you to a special discussion for the launch of the Defend Russian Hindus Campaign

At 2.30 PM on Sunday, 28th November 2005, the office of the Hindu Council of Brent Cottrell House, 53/63, Wembley Hill Road Wembley, Middlesex HA9 8BE
RSVP: Vishal Merai, Hindu Forum of Britain Phone: 020 8965 0671

Fax: 020 8965 0672

Hindus in Russia are being subject to persecution and discrimination by a corpus made of the Russian Orthodox Church and the State. There are over 5000 Hindus from India and 10,000 Hindu converts from the local Russian population in Moscow. Two years ago the Mayor of Russia asked devotees to vacate their temple in exchange for a piece of land on which they could build a bigger temple. This was followed immediately by mass protests orchestrated by the Russian Orthodox Church which did not want land given to a temple that was converting Russian Christians to a Hindu way of life. Hindus were victimised, threatened, bullied, beaten and subject to violence. A misinformation campaign was launched against everything Hindu.

Finally last month, the Mayor of Russia cancelled the land order and took away the piece of land given for the construction of the Hindu temple. Now, the 15,000 Hindus in Moscow have no place to worship. The consecrated Dieties of Radha and Krishna will have no home.

Russia also has a history of passing laws that discriminate against minority faith communities. The Defend Russian Hindus Campaign seeks to highlight the plight of Russian Hindus through messages to media, community, World governments and other stakeholder groups to stop discrimination and persecution of Russian Hindus.

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