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Russian rabbi protests against Krishna temple in Moscow

by Vinay Shukla (Press Trust of India)
Hindustan Times, April 3

Posted April 25, 2004

One of the leaders of Russia's Jewish community, rabbi Adolf Shayevich has joined the Orthodox Christians in protesting against building of a huge Hindu temple in Moscow by the local chapter of International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

Last week more than one thousand Orthodox Christians protested against building of the temple of Lord Krishna and a Vedic Centre in Moscow.

"Russia does not have enough followers of this organisation to build such a huge temple. But if Krishna followers need such large buildings, they can build them on the Chukotka or Yamal Peninsula (Russia's sparsely populated Far Eastern regions) or somewhere else. There are a lot of places in the country," the rabbi was quoted as saying by Interfax.

"A Krishna temple in Moscow does not need to resemble a sports complex in size. A good clean room is enough to pray," he said commenting on the ISKCON plans to build 38.5-meter-high Hindu temple, which is equivalent to a six-story building.

According to ISKCON, there are 25 thousand followers of Vaishnavism in Moscow, and as a registered religion they will fight for a temple in Moscow.

The rabbi said that the project pursued by ISKCON will provoke a negative reaction not only from religious people, but also from many Muscovites.