Russian Buddhist exhibition opened in India

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The Voice of Russia, February 13, 2012

New Delhi, India -- An exhibition devoted to the history of Buddhism in Russia has opened in India’s capital New Delhi.

The exhibition mainly displays photos, both old and present-day, of Buddhist monasteries located in those regions of Russia which are populated mainly by Buddhists – Kalmykia, Buryaia, Tuva, Altai and others.

Russia’s ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin is hoping that the exhibition will help Indians to learn more about the life of Russian Buddhists. Buddhism in Russia is steeped in rich traditions, and Russian Buddhists have always maintained close contacts with their Indian brothers and sisters in faith.

In 1741, a decree of Russian Empress Elizabeth II granted Buddhism the status of official recognition in Russia.

At present, there are 1.4 mln Buddhists in Russia.