As a Siberian court has rejected a petition to ban a translation of Bhagavad Gita, there will be no ban on Gita in Russia. The petitioner raised the petition saying the translation work has the extremist literature that insults non-believers of Gita and Hinduism.
Judge Galina Butenko of the Leninsky District Court in Tomsk ruled on Wednesday that there were no grounds for recognising “Bhagavad Gita As It Is” as extremist literature because it is “one of the interpretations of sacred Hindu scripture ‘Bhagavad Gita’.”
The defence side said it was fully satisfied with the court verdict. “This court decision shows that Russia is indeed becoming a democratic society,” said lawyer Alexander Shakhov, who represented at the trial the local branch of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).