On the 8th of October, 2013, one of the first Soviet and Russian Vaisnavas, Vishvamitra Das has passed away. He has spent his last days in South Russia, where he left his body in the presence of the Deities of Krasnodar ISKCON temple, Sri Avadhuta Chandra and Sri Gauranga Roy, as well as Sri Yoga-Nrisimha-Prahladananda and the Vaisnavas of the city of Krasnodar.
Vishvamitra Das (Vladimir Kritsky) joined the Krishna Consciousness movement in 1979. In the beginning of the 80's he was arrested for his faith and has spent six years in prison.
He was sentenced twice. The second time, he was punished for preaching in jail.
The upcoming Sunday program in Moscow temples will be dedicated to memories of Visvamitra Das.[ prison ] [ russia ]