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  • Moscow Mantra Fest to Bring Mantra Music to a Broad Audience

    Over 1,000 people new to mantra culture are expected to attend Mantra Fest in Moscow, Russia on September 1st at the Green Concert Club.

  • Maha-Mantra Featured at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Moscow

    Married devotee couple Vadim Eremeev and Kira Sergeeva delivered a beautiful, soaring acoustic performance of the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra, the bhajan “Jaya Radha Madhava,” and the chant “Sarva Mangalam” at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Moscow this October.

  • Moscow Ratha Yatra

    Ratha Yatra on August 12th in Moscow's Sokolniki park as part of the celebrations of 70 years of Indian-Russian relations. Thousands of people were in attendance. 

  • Gauranga Festival Near Moscow

    Gauranga festival near Moscow, June 2017, featuring one of two Russian Gurus, Chaitanya Chandra Charan Das is giving initiations. He also sings in the video by Dmitry Tolkachev. 

  • Indian Parliament’s Speaker Visits ISKCON Moscow

    On July 10th, an official delegation of the Parliament of India visited ISKCON’s Sri Sri Dayal Nitai Sacisuta temple in Moscow. The delegation was led by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. She has arrived in Russia on a five-day visit to address the Russian Parliament Duma on July 12. Among other guests of the ISKCON temple were actress and MP Hema Malini, India's Ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran, as well as other deputees from different Indian states and representatives of the Russian Duma. 

  • Indradyumna Swami Visits Moscow

    Despite bone chilling weather, Indradyumna Swami and his team's visit to Moscow was blissful due to the warm hearted nature of the devotees who love to chant the holy names and dance in ecstasy. Srila Prabhupada’s visit to Moscow in 1971 planted the seeds of Krsna consciousness which continue to grow in great proportions.

  • Russian Court Bans Jehovah's Witnesses As Extremist

    Russia's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Jehovah's Witnesses were an "extremist" organization and must disband and hand over all property to the state, local media said. The religious grouping confirmed the ruling about its "liquidation" in Russia.

  • Russian Yoga Lecturer Escapes Penalty in Sign of Good Karma

    Russia’s yoga lovers can sigh in relief today, following a judge’s decision in St. Petersburg to throw out the case against Dmitry Ugai, a man tied to a Krishna group charged with illegal missionary work.

  • A Man is on Trial in Russia — for Talking about Yoga

    “I am concerned about the complete arbitrariness of this law, which can lead to the persecution of my many fellow citizens who practice yoga and study Indian philosophy,” Ugai wrote in his blog.

  • ISKCON Moscow Lights Up Devotees’ Hearts at Diwali

    One thousand Russian devotees gathered to celebrate Diwali in spectacular style in Moscow on Saturday October 29th. The afternoon was a cultural event to commemorate welcoming Lord Rama and his wife Sita Devi back to their capital Ayodhya. Hanuman, played by Jagat-Pati Das, was a particular crowd favorite. In an incredibly realistic costume, he jumped into the crowd, involving the audience. He also invited all the children onto the stage to participate in fun games with him.

  • Govardhana Puja Around the World in Photos

    Govardhana Puja – the sweetest day of the year – celebrates the day when Lord Krishna as a young boy lifted Govardhana Hill with just His little finger, to protect the residents of Vrindavana village from Lord Indra’s furious thunderstorm. Devotees around the world pour their hearts into their own offerings for the late October festival, engaging their creativity in Krishna’s service to often astonishing effect.

  • Brahmachari Life at Moscow's Jagannath Mandir (Russian with English Subtitles)

    A short film about brahmachari life at Moscow's Jagannath Mandir. Produced by Evgeny Rumyantcev, Georgy Vlasov, Danya Mogutov.

  • Radha Damodar Das, One of the First Soviet Devotees Passes Away

    Radha Damodar Das, One of the First Devotees in the Soviet Union passed away on September 3rd evening succumbing to lung cancer.  ISKCON Communications Director Anuttama Dasa remembers: "Radha Damodara prabhu was a true, humble and dedicated servant of his guru maharaja and Srila Prabhupada. Despite the dangers and troubles of being a Krishna devotee in the early years in Russia, Radha Damodara was fully committed to Lord Caitanya's mission."

  • Radha Damodar Das, One of the First Devotees in the Soviet Union, Is Gravely Ill

    In May 1983, Radha Damodara was arrested and imprisoned for his faith. While in prison, he had to work in dangerous conditions, which included using a poisonous glue. He also suffered from malnutrition. Nevertheless, Radha Damodar continued to follow the principles of Krishna Consciousness and to preach. His health suffered, especially his lungs. Today, it is the lungs that have been affected by a dangerous disease. 

  • ISKCON Gears Up For Incorporation Day

    After years of planning for its 50th anniversary, and nearly six months of celebrations this year so far, ISKCON is now gearing up for its Golden Jubilee Incorporation Day on July 13th, 1966. And temples, centers, and individual devotees all over the world are getting ready to do something big for founder Srila Prabhupada, whom many feel they owe their lives to.

  • Russian ISKCON 50 Focuses on Prabhupada Connection

    Russian devotees began their 2016 with the second annual “Our Prabhupada” festival. The first, in December 2014, saw Suresvara Das speaking about Srila Prabhupada as ISKCON’s Founder-Acharya. At this year’s festival from January 15th to 20th hundreds of devotees learned about Srila Prabhupada as a person from Hari Sauri Das, who personally served him for sixteen months.

  • The Flame of Eternal Love

    "The Flame of Eternal Love" a documentary about Shrila Prabhupada and the development of the Society for Krishna Consciousness in the USSR. Anchor: Sofia Ignatova. Actors: Alexey Sviridov, Acyuta Priya, Nimai, Vrinda. English Anchor voice: Jaya Madhava Das. English voice: Alisa Tchebotareva. Music: Yury Dimentyev. Sound: Vibhavari das. Written and directed by: Arjuna das. Русская версия фильма: "Зажигающий сердца".

  • Kirtan Mela in Moscow

    A kirtan led by Surya Nandini Dasi.

  • Moscow Kirtan Mela 2015 - Aditi Dukhaha Das

    Evening arati with candle offering.

  • Mercy Filled Crescendos at the Moscow Kirtan Mela

    There were three days of unforgettable kirtans that lasted late into the night, hundreds of guests, participants and volunteers. BB Govinda Swami spoke about the importance of sharing the happiness that we experience, as “love should always be shared – such is its free nature. Love cannot be limited, we just need to become the instrument, through which love will flow further and further…”

  • Pierre Edel - Jaya Radha Madhava
  • First Ever Moscow Kirtan Mela Inspires Two Thousand

    Moscow’s first ever Kirtan Mela, which ran from Friday January 30th to Sunday February 1st, drew nearly 2,000 devotees from around Russia – and it was a colorfuly uplifting affair on a grand scale. The event was organized by Saraswati Dasi after ISKCON guru Bhakti Bringa Govinda Swami, inspired by a “Mantra Yoga” program he attended in Moscow, expressed the desire to participate in more outreach programs there.

  • Prabhupada’s Books Sold Through Russian Bookstore Chain

    Moscow Vaisnavas have prepared a gift for all the Russian readers. Now A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's books are available in one of the leading bookstore chains in the country. All BBT books can be bought in 204 stores of the chain in 80 Russian cities.

  • “The Voice” Contestant Brings Krishna Conscious Message

    ISKCON devotee Premamaya Vasudeva Das (Pierre Edel) has reached the third stage in Season 3 of the Russian version of TV singing competition show The Voice, an international phenomenon. At every opportunity along the way, he’s sharing what he knows about God consciousness, vegetarianism, and sacred mantras with judges, contestants, and journalists.

  • Moscow Celebrates Shri Krishna Janmasthami With Spectacular Event

    In celebration of Shri Krishna’s birthday, ISKCON Moscow has organized a beautiful and spiritually deep cultural show in the prestigious Concert Hall “Russia” in Luzhniki, Moscow. Fabulous were not only the performances, which included singing, dancing, and theatrical acts of Krishna lilas and Vedic philosophy, but also the sound and the scene illumination.

  • Ukrainian Refugee Crisis Update

    Over the past few weeks the Ukrainian refugee crisis has intensified. Risking their lives, many more ISKCON devotees are trying to flee from the troubled region. One of ISKCON's refugee coordinators in the Donetsk region has been arrested by separatists. 

  • Persecuted by Soviets, Russia's Hare Krishnas Still Fight for Acceptance

    The Hare Krishna movement has been trying to build a temple in Russia since 1990. They still don't have one. It's not for lack of funds.

  • New Temporary ISKCON Temple Opens in Moscow

    The buildings at Dinamo where Vaisnavas worshipped Krishna for ten years have been recently demolished after the devotees had moved all their belongings to their new temple. The new rented place is spacious and beautifully renovated. But still not spacious enough to accomodate the crowd of five to ten thousand people that are expected to visit the Centre on Janmashtami.

  • Bhagavad-gita As It Is Sold By Leading Russian Bookstore Chain

    Bukvoed, one of Russia’s leading bookstore chains, has been selling Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is from a prominent stand at one of its specialist stores in St. Petersburg since last year. The bookstore, called “The Shop of the Most Essential Books: In All Senses,” stocks about 60,000 titles, with many unique books on spiritual traditions, world religions, spiritual practices, history, astrology, philosophy, psychology, health and business.

  • ISKCON Moscow Rents New Space, Goes to Court

    In the latest in a series of exhausting trials, ISKCON devotees have been given until March 1st by the Moscow government to move out of their temple at Dinamo. The devotee community has already found a new space to rent, and will stay there while they go to court to pursue justice.

  • Now and Then: Sri Prahlada and the Krishna Kids of Australia (1986)

    Archival video clip from 1986: gurukula children from New Govardhana, Australia, taking part in the campaig to free the Russian Hare Krishna devotees from prison and religious persecution. 

  • Book Distribution Marathon in Russia

    An inspiring video by the brachmacharis of Yurlovo ashram about the book distribution leaders in Russia. 

  • A Pre-Marathon Address from Russia

    A video by Shkatyavesha Avatara dasa.

  • ISKCON Moscow Faces Uncertain Future

    For years, the Moscow Society for Krishna Consciousness has endured broken promises by the Moscow City government, which has repeatedly given them land and buildings, only to evict them later. Today, with most of their center demolished, an already passed deadline from the courts to leave the premises, and no replacement temple ready, the future of ISKCON Moscow is uncertain.

  • Krishna Yet to Win Russian Hearts

    The long-running feud over Moscow’s ISKCON temple shows the suspicion and hostility that the Hare Krishna movement still evokes in that country.

  • Moscow Krishna Devotees Face Eviction: Update

    The belongings of Moscow Hare Krishna Temple are packed in boxes so most treasured items can be removed "within 15 minutes if the bulldozers come."

  • Moscow May Lose Its Sole Hare Krishna Temple

    The temporary site where Russian devotees of the Hare Krishna Movement pray is likely to be demolished. 

  • 25th Anniversary of ISKCON Moscow’s Registration Celebrated

    Five thousand devotees visited ISKCON Moscow from June 28th to 30th to celebrate 25 years since the Moscow Society for Krishna Consciousness—and with it, other ISKCON communities all over Russia—was officially registered in 1988. The Moscow temple is one of the most resilient and fast-growing communities in ISKCON.

  • Lest We Forget
    Indradyumna Swami glorifies the deeds of Ananta Shanti Das, who defying the oppressive Soviet regime spread the seeds of Krishna-consciousness all over Russia.
  • Ananta Shanti Das, Prabhupada's First Russian Disciple Passes Away

    Ananta Shanti das (Anatoli Pinyaev), the firs Russian disciple of Srila Prabhupada, has left his body on June 3rd, 2013, as a result of a stroke.

  • Moscow Hare Krishnas Participate at the Night of Museums
    The Night of Museums is a yearly event when most of the museums in Russia are open for free public admission throughout the night.
  • Prabhupada’s Books Presented at Moscow National Book Fair
    Thirty devotees from Moscow’s Sri Sri Doyal Nitay Saci-suta temple presented Prabhupada’s books at a special BBT booth, in the Moscow National Book Fair, from March 13th to 17th this spring.
  • Putin Approves New Education Law
    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed new legislation that makes a course on the fundamentals of religion mandatory in all schools. It wasn’t clear if that means lessons on Orthodox Christianity or world religions generally.
  • A Photo Exhibition Opens at the Moscow Krishna Temple
    On December 16th, 2012, a photo exhibition opened at the Sri Sri Doyal Nitai Sacisuta temple in Moscow. The exposition is entitled "Hare Krishna, Moscow!" It consists of 108 photographs by Alexey Koshelev and is dedicated to his teacher, professor of arts Alexander Lapin, who has left this world on October 25th, 2012.
  • Moscow’s Bhaktivedanta Ashram: In the Business of Inspiration
    Moscow’s Bhaktivedanta Ashram is in the business of inspiration. It’s a quality that shines through when talking with Mathurananda Das, a round-faced, beaming and effulgent brahmachari (celibate monk) who serves on the Ashram’s council and helps run many of its programs.
  • Indian and Russian ISKCON Leaders Meet Pranab Mukherjee, President of India

    Believers of the Hare Krishna movement call for the Indian President’s support in the construction of a new Krishna temple in Moscow.

  • Vaishnava Oasis At The Moscow Book Fair
    45 countries, more than 200.000 publishing houses represented, 1.000 accredited journalists from hundreds of Russian and foreign media, more than 200 famous authors and publicists and 200.000 visitors from Moscow and other cities and countries attended the 25th Moscow Book Fair.
  • Krishnaites Relocate their Ritual Ceremony Because of Protest at New Temple Land
    According to the official statement of ISKCON Moscow, on June 7th, there was a ritual ceremony in honor of starting the construction of their new temple. However, they had to change the venue, as the land where their temple is going to be built, was occupied by several hundred protesters.
  • 'Displacement' on the Silk Road
    Moscow's Museum of Modern Art is currently hosting "Displacement," an exhibit by New York-based Italian photographer Giada Ripa that offers a glimpse of the diversity across the former Soviet Union and a narrative on travel and identity. A photo of a Kazakh Krishna-devotee is also included.
  • The Indian Minister of Tourism Visits Moscow Krishna Temple
    On September 24th, India`s Minister of Tourism met with Gopal Krishna Goswami to review the progress of the project of a new temple in Moscow. Ironically, a few days after the Minister`s visit, there was an unfortunate turn of events that could clearly endanger the wonderful plans.
  • Annual Moscow Book Fair
    Between September 7th and 12th, the Moscow ISKCON devotees took part in the annual Moscow International Book Fair, with about 1,500 publishing houses present.
  • Sannyasa Initiation in Moscow
    A well-known ISKCON preacher from Moscow Carudesna Das has been initiated to highest spiritual rank in hinduism, the renounced sannyasa order. The new Russian sannyasi Bhaktivedanta Sadhu Swami (nee Enver Izmailov) was born in Grozny (Chechnya), July 1, 1967 into the family of Soviet intelligentsia. He is the third sannyasi among the Russian Hare Krishna followers.
  • Moscow Devotees Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Prabhupada’s Visit
    One thousand devotees from all over Russia gathered in Moscow for an eight-day festival from June 12th to 19th this summer, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of ISKCON Founder Srila Prabhupada’s first and only visit to the city.
  • Moscow Mayor Mass Produces Orthodox Churches
    Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin has assured there will be no delays in the implementation of a program for building 200 new Orthodox churches in Moscow.
  • Old Sanskrit Scriptures Speak In Russian since 40 Years
    The Moscow National Book Fair "Books of Russia 2011" took place on March 16-21 at the Russian Exhibition Center. For the third time in the last two years, Vaisnavas of Moscow Yatra participated in the event.
  • ISKCON Russia Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

    On February, 12th and 13th ISKCON Russia celebrated its 40th anniversary. It was in the summer of 1971, when ISKCON founder A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) visited Moscow, and started to teach and spread the science of Krishna-consciousness in the former Soviet Union.

  • Jagannatha In Winter Coat
    At the end of December, there were icy harinamas in Moscow, with Lord Jagannatha -He, too, in his winter coat- and eighty devotees taking part in them.
  • New Moscow Mayor Approves Five-Acre Plot for Krishna Temple
    Russian authorities have finally allocated land for the construction of a Krishna temple in a northern suburb of Moscow, after many years of petitioning from the ISKCON and Hindu communities.
  • Farewell To Purnacandra Goswami
    In the hall of goodbyes of the crematorium they started a kirtan that has never been heard in that place before. Srimati Gauri amazed with her singing the workers of the crematorium whose hearts have hardened with the everyday sight of death.
  • Purnacandra Goswami Passes Away

    On the 4th of November, 22:25 PM Moscow time Purnacandra Goswami passed away. It is a great loss for the entire ISKCON community.

  • Srila Prabhupada at the Moscow Book Fair
    The Moscow International Book Fair is by considered to be one of the major events in the cultural and business life of Russia. Since 1979, the BBT has been giving the Russian people the chance to aquiant themselves with the glorious knowledge of the Vedas.
  • Moscow`s Mayor Wants Hearings on Religious Construction
    The acting mayor of the Russian capital, Vladimir Resin, called for holding public hearings on all construction projects for churches, mosques and synagogues. That is a plan that could threaten existing relationships between Moscow's government and the Moscow Patriarchate.
  • Purnacandra Goswami Is On Life Support In Moscow
    Purnacandra Goswami has been in the hospital for several days in Moscow. He is in intensive care, unconscious, on life support.
  • Moscow Ratha Yatra Promotes Healthy Lifestyle
    Last Sunday, visitors of Moscow`s Russian Exhibition Center encountered an unusual sight: a richly decorated chariot moving around in the flowery central park. The previous Ratha Yatra took place here exactly fifteen years ago, in the summer of 1995. This year, the ancient Indian Festival aimed to attract the attention of the people in Moscow to the importance of healthy life-style.
  • Design for Moscow’s New Temple Finalized
    After years of negotiating with the government and handling protests from conservative Orthodox Church groups, Hare Krishna devotees are finally completing design work on ISKCON Russia’s new mega-project.
  • Moscow Devotees Meet With Joy at Book Fair
    After a hiatus, devotees in the Russian capital again participated in the popular event.
  • ISKCON Moscow Deities Go Sightseeing
    On Friday August 28, ISKCON Moscow’s Sri Sri Dayal Nitai-Saci-suta deities were taken out to see the sights of Russia’s capital city for the first time in over seventeen years. Riding on a canal-cruiser barge, they traveled down the Moskva river, with beautiful views of Moscow landmarks such as Red Square, Temple of Christ the Saviour, Park of Culture and Moscow State University.
  • Moscow Officials Visit ISKCON's Janmastami Celebration
    ISKCON Moscow has celebrated Janmastami since 1988, but this year several local dignitaries expressed their support by attending the celebrations despite the bad weather. On the 14th of August ISKCON Moscow was visited for the first time by the new administrator of Northern Moscow.
  • Moscow Politician Supports Proposed ISKCON Temple

    The Hare Krishnas will finally get a long-sought-after temple if Oleg Mitvol, former environmental crusader and now prefect of the Northern Administrative District, gets his way. At a meeting with Dzhkha Sandzhit, the president of the Association of Indians in Russia, Mitvol said that a Hare Krishna temple would be built in the Molzhaninovsky area, 10 kilometres outside the Moscow Ring Road in the north of Moscow.

  • Moscow Celebrates First Ratha Yatra in Nine Years
    Russian ISKCON devotees celebrated Ratha Yatra in Moscow this June eighth for the first time in nine years. Held in conjunction with The Beatles And India festival in Gorky Park, the program featured a parade of the chariots along with a concert of popular Moscow groups covering Beatles’ songs. An impressive chariot was built for the deity of Jagannatha, the Lord of the Universe.
  • Residents Protest Building of Temple in Moscow

    Moscow, June 4, Interfax - Public protest against building a religious construction for the Moscow Society for Krishna Consciousness was held in the Molzhaninovo District of Moscow. Residents of neighboring districts came out to demonstrate their protest with slogans "Sects destroy families," "Say "no" to Krishna center!" "Protect Orthodoxy!"

  • Moscow Temple Construction to Start Next Year
    MOSCOW: The Russian capital will soon have a second Krishna temple. Sergei Zuyev, vice-president of the Centre of the Krishna Consciousness Societies in Russia, told a gathering of Russian Indologists on Thursday that the construction of the temple will start next year.
  • Moscow City Gives Permission for New Temple
    ISKCON devotees in Moscow have permission to build a temple on the outskirts of the city. The traditional Indian temple will be constructed on land recently allocated by the Moscow mayor. The process for obtaining building permits in Moscow typically takes up to a year to complete. Approval for the temple came in just ten weeks.
  • ISKCON: Mayor Gives Green Light to Moscow Temple
    The Moscow mayor has allocated land to the local unit of International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) to build a temple despite objections by the Orthodox Christians who have threatened to renew their stir against the construction.