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Russia: Kalmyk Buddhist leader seeks Russian visa for Dalai Lama

March 24, 2009

Interfax (Russia)
March 23, 2009

Elista, March 23, Interfax - The Tibetan Buddhist
spiritual leader of Russia's Kalmykia region has
asked the Russian leadership to grant an entry visa to the Dalai Lama.

"A new meeting with the Buddhist spiritual
leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, would be the
best present that the Russian leadership could
give the Kalmyk people in the significant year of
the 400th anniversary of the voluntary accession
[of Kalmykia] to Russia," Telo Tulku Rinpoche,
the Kalmyk Supreme Lama, said in a letter whose
text was released by the Golden Abode of the Buddha Shakyamuni temple.

Telo Tulku Rinpoche said a letter had gone to the
Russian Foreign Ministry also asking for a visa for the Dalai Lama.

"We sincerely hope for your support for a
positive decision on this important matter," the Kalmyk Supreme Lama said.
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