Russian Buddhists Seek Putin's Support for Dalai Lama Visit

May 13, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/Moscow News,8174,0,0,1,0

Members of a regional Buddhist council in Russia’s North Caucuses, have asked Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to help them secure a visit by the Dalai-Lama to the republic, Russian website reports.

“A visit by the spiritual leader of all the Buddhists in the world would be the best present to Kalmyk people, who are celebrating the quarter-centenary of the entrance of the Republic of Kalmykia to Russia.” A spokesman of religious Council of the Republic of Kalmykia said.

“Kalmyk Buddhists have been living peacefully in Russia with their spiritual brothers - orthodox Christians and Muslims for four hundred years.” He added.