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  • No Further Appeal Against Bhagvad Gita Translation
    Russian prosecutors have decided against taking forward their case seeking a ban on a translation of Bhagvad Gita, bringing to end an issue that had enraged Hindus worldwide and even threatened to strain Russia's ties with India.
  • An Insider Reflects on the Russian Bhagavad-gita Case
    With the now-famous “Russian Bhagavad-gita case” over—at least for now—ISKCON News spoke to Bhakti Vijnana Swami, coordinator of devotees’ endeavors to protect the Gita in Russia and abroad, for some fascinating and educational reflections.
  • Tomsk Court Dismisses Bhagavad Gita Case
    Russia extricated itself from an embarrassing spat with India on Wednesday when a provincial appeals court definitively rejected an attempt to ban a version of the Bhagavad Gita, the Hindu holy book.
  • Russian Court Set to Give Its Verdict on Gita Ban On Tuesday

    A Siberian court is set to give a key ruling on the Bhagavad Gita ban row on Tuesday. Last December, the trial court had rejected the petition to ban the book. The petition termed it an 'extremist literature, which incites social hatred and violence against non-believers' in Russia.

  • Russian Scholars' Plea on Gita
    Alarmed by persisting attempts to ban a translation of comments to Bhagavad Gita, a group of Russian scholars asked the top leadership to intervene. In an open letter to President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the scholars asked the Kremlin duo to take the controversy under their “personal control”.
  • The Attacks on the Bhagavad-gita in Russia

    Some Russian prosecutors think that Krishna is personified in the teachings of Moscow Society for Krishna Consciousness as a deity of "death and destruction”. They accuse the Russian Hare Krishnas of many sins, which can be summed up with the word “extremism”.

  • Russian Scholars Express their Position over “Bhagavad-Gita” Trial
    The participants of the scientific conference “The Bhagavad-Gita in history and modern society” which was held in Tomsk, Russia on 24-25th February,2012, suggested to create an independent board of scholars to evaluate various texts for signs of extremism.
  • President of India Expresses Appreciation for ISKCON’s Activities in Russia
    On February 28, a team of ISKCON devotees met the President of India. Gopal Krishna Goswami thanked Srimati Pratibha Patil for being appreciative of ISKCON’s efforts to propagate Krishna-consciousness in Russia and all over the world.
  • Bhagavad Gita Case Perplex Scientists

    Experts and scientists gathering at the all-Russian conference "Bhagavad Gita in history and modern society" at the Tomsk University on Friday said they were perplexed over the Tomsk prosecutor's office's lawsuit seeking to declare "Bhagavad Gita as It Is" commentary extremist.

  • Case Against Krishna Book Will Go On

    A senior official in the Tomsk Prosecutor General's Office says an effort to ban a Hare Krishna book it considers extremist literature will continue despite being recently thrown out of court.

  • Russian Prosecutors to Move Higher Court on Gita
    Undeterred by a Siberian court's rejection of their plea seeking a ban on a translated version of the Bhagvad Gita, Russian prosecutors are planning to file an appeal against the verdict on the holy book dubbed by them as "extremist literature".
  • Bhagavad Gita in Court: Overcoming Unexpected Roadblock to Relationship

    The ruling by the Tomsk city court in Siberia on December 28 to throw out the six-month-old case to ban the holy Hindu scripture Bhagawad Gita, is an unprecedented event of unique importance in the entire history of Indo-Russia relations.

  • Russian Ambassador Quotes Bhagavad-gita at Yuri Gagarin`s Bust Unveiling
    A couple of days after the Tomsk court dismissed the case against ISKCON in relation to Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Bhakti Vijnana Swami, GBC for ISKCON Russia was personally invited by the Russian Ambassador to India, Alexander M. Kadakin on occasion of unveiling a bust of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, at Nehru Science Center.
  • The Gita on Trial
    The Times of India interviews Bhakti Vigyan Swami head of the Russian chapter of the ISKCON about the aftermath of the Gita-trial.
  • Russian Court Says Key Text of Hare Krishna Movement Is Not 'Extremist`
    A Russian court decided Wednesday not to ban a religious text central to the global Hare Krishna movement, rejecting claims that the text is "extremist" and ending a case that has angered Hindus around the world. A compilation of articles from the worldwide media.
  • The Court of Tomsk Dismisses the State Prosecutor's Stand to Ban Bhagavad Gita As-It-Is: ISKCON`s Press Release
    The court in the Siberian city of Tomsk today dismissed the state prosecutor's stand that the "Bhagavad Gita as-it-is" be branded as an "extremist" literature.
  • Gita Ban: Mumbai`s High Court Ask Centre About Representation in Russia
    The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the government of India to consider representing the country before the court in Russia to defend the Bhagwad Gita, the holy Hindu scripture which is facing a ban there.
  • Russian Church Keen To Limit ISKCON Activities

    Russian ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin regretted that the case was being heard in the university city of Tomsk, famous for its secularism and religious tolerance, and reiterated the secular credentials of Russia.

  • Hindu Americans Shocked and Outraged at Attempts to Ban the Bhagavad Gita in Russia

    The Hindu American community expressed shock and outrage over a recent attempt in Russia to ban the Bhagavad Gita, one of Hinduism’s holiest scriptures.

  • Indian External Affairs Minister Calls on Russia to Respect Bhagavad-gita
    In a statement released on December 20th, Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said that the Government of India has taken up the Bhagavad Gita controversy with the highest levels of Russian government, and hopes for a resolution.
  • Parliament Ruckus Over Bhagavad-gita facing Ban in Russia

    Angry MPs forced the adjournment of the Lok Sabha till 2pm after Biju Janata Dal leader Bhartruhari Mahtab raised the issue in the house and asked the government to intervene immediately to ensure the religious freedom of Hindus in Russia.

  • Bhagavad Gita Under Renewed Threat of Being Banned in Russia
    Bhagavad-gita As It Is, one of the most respected holy scriptures of the world today, is under the threat of being banned in Russia.
  • Krishna Holy Book Faces Ban in Tomsk
    “Bhagavad Gita as It Is” can hardly be called Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.” Still — if prosecutors in Tomsk have their way — the two may soon end up together on the Justice Ministry’s list of banned extremist literature. Why the Hindu text central to the Hare Krishna faith has suddenly been targeted is unclear, but some suspect the Russian Orthodox Church behind.
  • Religious War
    As a traveling monk, I am often drawn into heated debates over the link between religion and war. To complicate matters further, the revered conversation of Bhagavad-gita is spoken at the onset of a fratricidal war, and Krishna is seemingly the one inciting Arjuna to fight!
  • The Ombudsman of Tomsk Urged the Initiators of the "Bhagavad-gita Trial" to Come to Their Senses
    Human Rights Commissioner for Russia`s Tomsk region urged the initiators of the trial of ISKCON`s main book, the "Bhagavad-Gita As It Is” to rethink their approach.