Sect Expert: Moscow Krishnaites can fit in a telephone box

Moscow, February 20, Interfax – Prof. Alexander Dvorkin, a well-known Russian specialist in sects and president of the Russian Association of Centers for Religious and Sectarian Studies, has found ungrounded the wish of Krishnaite community in Moscow to build a temple in the Russian capital.

€˜The real number of the Krishnaites in Moscow is such that they can claim only something the size of a telephone box’, Dvorkin said at a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday.

However, the stated wish of the Moscow-based Krishnaites €˜to erect something the size of the Church of Christ the Savior €˜suggests apparently their proselytic and propagandistic intention and wish to recruit young people’, he said.

Dvorkin said in particular that the building the Krishnaite community planned to build in Moscow €˜is so eclectic that it does not fit Moscow’s cultural dominant’.

The expert also wondered why the Krishnaites should have claimed a site in Moscow for free use.

€˜If they want the land they should by it for their own money rather than insisting that it should be handed over to them for free use’, he stressed.

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Interfax, Russia
Feb. 20, 2007

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