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Kirtan News : One more Petition - PLEASE.‏
Posted by atma on 2012/4/29 15:30:41 (1833 reads)

Hare Krishna,

This is a new petition. This is not the same petition that we had requested
you to consider signing a few days ago.

That one was for Hungary. This one is for Russia.

Background: 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.

We uploaded the petition. Please sign this petition as soon as you can, time is
short before the case comes up, and please feel free to share this link with
your whole list of email contacts.

Once you sign the petition - you will receive e-mail asking you to confirm your
vote. This is very important - otherwise it will be cancelled.

Please find below the text of the petition. On the site it is both in Russian
and English. Please scroll down for English.

The court proceedings will resume in Siberian city Tomsk, Russia, on Monday
19th. The persecutors in Tomsk suggest that the widely distributed book
translated and commented upon by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada should be
included in the Justice MinistryÕs list of banned extremist literature.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is is translated in more than 80 languages. Over 100
million copies of this book was distributed to date all over the world!
Millions of people in the world today consider it as the main book in their

The persecutors with great determination and vigor are pushing through this
absurd case. During the first three court hearings, the testimony of the Tomsk
experts upon which the persecutors built their case for the court was
recognized as ÇinadequateÈ. However, the PersecutorÕs office ordered the new
testimony. Noteworthy, that the testimony was requested not from the well-known
experts of Hinduism from Moscow, but from some unknown experts from Kemerovo
State University. This move clearly suggests that the court decision is already
predestined. This practice brings to memory the Middle Age Inquisition, Witch
hunting, burning of books and the persecution of the dissidents during Soviet
period of Russian history.

Tomsk Ombudsperson, eminent scholars of Hinduism, the members of the Public
Chamber of Russian Federation, representatives of Indian community in Russia,
and people belonging to different religious denominations in Russia have
already expressed their perplexity and outrage caused by the activities of
Tomsk persecutors.

We demand to stop the court over the Holy Scripture! These initiatives of the
Tomsk PersecutorÕs Office offend the religious sentiments of all the followers
of Hinduism and bring disgrace to the country of Russia.

Once you sign the petition - you will receive e-mail asking you to confirm your
vote. This is very important - otherwise it will be cancelled.

And please share this link to your friends.

Your servant

Akrura Das (GKG)

On behalf of HH Bhakti Vijnana Goswami
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