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Tibetan National Uprising Day Observed Across Russia

March 19, 2009

March 16, 2009

Moscow -- The fiftieth anniversary of the Tibetan people's uprising
against the repression and occupation of Tibet by the People's
Republic of China was commemorated in several cities of Russian
Federation on 10th March.

In Kalmykia, the event began in the morning at the Buddhist temple
with prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and for
the well-being and freedom of the Tibetan people.

Around 200 friends and supporters of Tibet attended the prayer, which
was led by Tibetan and Kalmyk monks. Mrs Antonina Kookueva,
chairperson of Tibet Support Group (TSG), read the Statement of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama on the 50th Anniversary of the Tibetan
national uprising day. In the evening, the candle light vigil,
organized by TSG in the center of Elista, capital of Kalmykia
Republic, was joined by over 150 friends and supporters of Tibet and
Tibetans. The event was covered by major national media.

In Buryatia, the event was observed as "The 50th Anniversary of
Tibetan Uprising and H.H. The Dalai Lama in Exile", which was
organized by Green Tara Center. In the evening, about 37 friends and
supporters of Tibet joined the protest against oppression and
systematic destruction in Tibet. The event was held at the center of
Ulan Ude, capital of Buryatia Republic. Holding Tibetan national
flag, the protesters were carrying banners with slogans, such as:
"Don't Exterminate Tibetan People, "Tibet is Our Spiritual Mother",
"Our Heart is with Tibetans", "We Support Middle Way Policy of H.H.
The Dalai Lama" and etc. The event was followed with signature campaign.

In Moscow, the event began with press conference at Independent Press
Center, where the Tibet issue was discussed and answered by Mr. V.M.
Gefter, director of Human Rights Institute, Mrs. Julia Jironkina,
chief editor of Save Tibet,  Mr Nawang Rabgyal, representative of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Mr. N.Valery, a journalist. It received
good coverage in Radio Svoboda and BBC in Russian, Portala-credo and
other media.

In the evening, a prayer offering was dedicated to those brave
Tibetans who sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tibet, organized
by Tibet Culture & Information Center at the Open Society. The prayer
led by Tibetan monks was joined by Russian, Tuvain, Kalmyk and Buryat
Buddhists residing in Moscow.

Representative Nawang Rabgyal spoke about the 50th anniversary of
Tibetan Uprising, the nature of Tibetan struggle and aspiration of
Tibetan people.

The statement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the 50th anniversary
of Tibetan national uprising day (in Russian) was distributed to all
present in the Open Society. The event in Moscow also received
extensive media coverage in media.

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