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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