Update: Moscow City Government Pledges to Give Land for Krishna Temple

June 2, 2006

Source: The Hindu


On June 2, 2006 The Hindu reported, "The city government here will give land for a Krishna temple, ending a longstanding controversy over whether Hindus should have a place of worship in the Russian capital. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit said the [m]ayor of Moscow had assured her he would allot land. This promise was also registered in a [j]oint [s]tatement issued at the end of Ms. Dixit's talks with the [m]ayor. In 2004 Moscow's Hare Krishna temple was demolished under a city development plan, and the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKON), which operated it, was offered another piece of land to build a temple. However, the offer was withdrawn following protests from the Russian Orthodox Church against plans to build a temple that would eclipse the Christ the Saviour Cathedral, the main Orthodox church here. ISKON later scaled down its temple plan, but it is only now that the [m]ayor cleared the project."