Chakra Announcements

PR campaign in Moscow

by Bhakti Vijnana Goswami

Posted April 26, 2004

Dear devotees, Maharajas, matajis and prabhus,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I am appealing for your help.

Perhaps all of you know that ISKCON receive 2.5 acres of land in a very central location in Moscow, on the road to the International Airport, only a few minutes drive from the center of the city.

We are planning to build the first Krishna temple in Moscow, which will open the new page in the history of our movement and the Hinduism in general not only in Russia. It will be a very significant achievement.

But as you also probably aware of and as it should have been expected, there are some very influential forces in this country which don't want to see the Krishna's temple in Moscow, especially in this particular place.

These forces try to spoil our public image, deny our connections with Hinduism and India, using all kinds of forbidden techniques, i.e. slander, blackmail, etc.

Unfortunately, we were dragged into a battle and have to mount a campaign to protect our right to worship and believe in Krishna. It is a very difficult and sometimes ungrateful jod, although we can see that through this campaign we are getting so much publicity which we could never dream to have in the previous years. The new temple even before it appeared is already preaching the glory of Lord Caitanya and His movement.

Perhaps some of you read my previous report about recent very successful TV show which featured the duel between a representative of the Orthodox Church and a devotee over this issue which increased the popularity of the Hare Krsna movement many times all over the country.

Unfortunately this campaign, as any other campaign, is consuming a lot of our energy, money and time. The forces who are fighting against us have much more resources in their command - media, money, people, support from some officials, etc.

Without the strong international support we will not be able to withstand this attack.

I am hereby humbly appeal to the international Society of devotees to help us in this campaign.

We need letters of support from international celebrities (please contatc me presonally and also Madana-mohan MG to get the addresses and to coordinate your actions with us .

But over and above all we need laksmi to fight this campaign, to increase our social activities, for the food distribution, to get some coverage, to communicate our message to public, etc.

I beg you to consider possible help in our attempts to serve Srila Prabhupada and his mission.

The money can be transfered to the following bank account. I can guarantee you that it will be used only for the campaign to build the new temple in Moscow.

Bank of Beneficiary: Dresdner Bank AG, Frankfurt/Main
Jurgen-Ponto-Platz 1
Swift: DRES DE FF
Account: 499/08124139/00/888
Beneficiary: Bank of Moscow, Moscow Russia
Swift: MOSWRUMM
Account: 40703840500101000021
In favor of: The Moscow Society for Krishna Consciousness
Assigning of payment: "Charitable donation for the temple construction"

DONATIONS IN DOLLARS - $

Bank of Beneficiary: The JPMorgan Chase Bank, New York
270 Park Avenue, New York City, NY 10017, USA
Swift code: CHAS US 33
Account: 400 920 190
Beneficiary: Bank of Moscow, Moscow Russia
Swift: MOSWRUMM
Account: 40703840500101000021
In favor of: The Moscow Society for Krishna Consciousness
Assigning of payment: "Charitable donation for the temple construction"

Thank you very much in advance.

Your servant,
Bhakti Vijnana Goswami