Apr 8 2009 Bhakti Bhrnga Govinda Swami’s Kazakhstan deportation case closed

By BB Govinda Swami

The director of our Almaty Society requested the General Prosecutor's office to investigate the issue. In doing so the Aktobe prosecutor withdrew the ruling on my deportation.

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Dec 4 2008 Kazakh government withdraws the claim for demolition of the only Temple of the Krishna Society in Kazakhstan

By BB Govinda Swami

Mukanov replied, "Three hundred percent we will never allow you to stay there. Developers have already made their plans for the area.” He suggested searching for 5 hectares of alternative land in the Iliysk district of Almaty province

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Nov 22 2008 Kazakhstan

By BB Govinda Swami

This is a short letter to express my thanks for your response in sending letters to Kazakh Embassies and the Kazakh President's Administration. Your efforts have seemed to slow the Kazakh government from another quick round of ruthless behaviour.

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Oct 12 2008 Kazakhstan saga is nearing an unfavorable conclusion

Hare KrishnaBy BB Govinda Swami

As a final effort we have started a letter campaign to the President of Kazakhstan. We did this in the beginning of the crisis and we are still on the property four years later.

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Jun 17 2008 Kazakhstan Krishna Society Update

Hare KrishnaBy BB Govinda Swami

The directors of the Krishna Society have repeatedly expressed their willingness to cooperate with government authorities to resolve this conflict. But, they have expressed that they cannot accept an active garbage dump, which does not have drinking water or water for irrigation, as a satisfying resolve.

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Nov 13 2007 Kazakhstan

Hare KrishnaBy BB Govinda Swami

Truly, the Kazakh government's efforts to give children a summer camp, even if only for five years, is noble. But after five years of summer camp, what will happen to this multi-million dollar property? Who will camp on it next?

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Nov 5 2007 Update

Hare KrishnaBy BB Govinda Swami

Thus, the Krishna Society will be driven out by Abdykalykov's hands and later the Prosecutor's office will contest the October 23rd ruling and return the land to the Kazakh government.

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Jun 16 2007 Destruction on June 15, 2007 in Kazakhstan

Hare KrishnaBy BB Govinda Swami

The timing of this "operation" was chosen to exclude the presence of reporters and persons from international and human rights organizations. The attempt to find out who was in charge of the operation and to see any documents were unsuccessful.

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Jun 16 2007 Kazakhstan MEDIA RELEASE - ISKCON COMMUNICATIONS

Hare KrishnaBy BB Govinda Swami

Today's attack virtually mirrored the government's bulldozing of fourteen homes belonging to members of the Hindu minority group last winter. Both demolitions are part of what human rights advocates have characterized as blatant religious persecution.

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Apr 28 2007 Kazakhstan video links

Hare KrishnaBy BB Govinda Swami

Please try this link to the Hare Krishna Kazakhstan demolition Video. This is a smart system. It automatically created 2 smaller videos based on full size I uploaded. Due to it links were changed.

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Apr 25 2007 Kazakhstan Update

Hare KrishnaBy BB Govinda Swami

Thus it appears that the Kazakh government is again playing the game of dragging out time, doing nothing, but sending signals to the world that the issue is being dealt with in order to secure its OSCE bid. In reality, nothing has been done.

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Feb 1 2007 KAZAKHSTAN: SUMMARY OF EVENTS

Hare KrishnaBy BB Govinda Swami

However, as soon as construction began the same government authorities brought an administrative case against the community for having started illegal construction. SKC members were shocked by the change, but fully complied with local authorities and demolished the foundation.

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Jan 27 2007 Kazakhstan Update

Hare KrishnaBy BB Govinda Swami

The representative of the General Prosecutors' office said on the last day of the Commission (3rd of January, 2007) that the Karasai District Prosecutors office has opened a criminal case against the members of the Society for Krishna Consciousness.

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Dec 24 2006 Letter to the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan,

Hare KrishnaBy BB Govinda Swami

The fact that a decision was made in my absence and that governmental bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan distributed the decision of the Commission without having a meeting, raises questions as to the objectivity and fairness of the Commission.

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Dec 6 2006 Freedom House says OSCE should deny Kazakh chairmanship bid

Hare KrishnaSubmitted by BB Govinda Swami

Washington, D.C., and Budapest, Hungary -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) should reject Kazakhstan's bid to chair the institution in 2009, Freedom House said today. Kazakhstan has consistently rated among the poorest performers in Freedom House analysis in virtually every institutional respect.

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Dec 4 2006 More meetings in Delhi broaden support for the Kazakh case

Hare KrishnaBy Braja Sevaki Devi Dasi

Mr. Kulkarni turned out to be the ‘dynamite’ that this campaign has been awaiting. He encouraged us to contact all religious leaders, particularly Muslim leaders, and as many influential politicians as possible. He said he would speak to the Prime Minister, and encouraged us to pursue a meeting with him.

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Nov 30 2006 Big rally in support of the devotees

Hare KrishnaBy BB Govinda Swami

The rally, joined by the Mayor of Baroda, the President of the local BJP political party, local Vishwa Hindu Parishad President, local Congress Party leaders and congregational devotees of ISKCON Baroda marched symbolically from the "Santram Mandir", located near the office of the "District Magistrate", aka the "District Collector" and presented him a memorandum seeking the Indian Government's intervention in the situation at Kazakhstan.

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Nov 30 2006 Please, Please, Please, each ISKCON center should do two things

Hare KrishnaBy BB Govinda Swami

THIS COMING MONDAY AND TUESDAY THE OSCE WILL BE HAVING A MEETING TO DETERMINE IF KAZAKHSTAN WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THEIR ORGANISATION IN 2009. THUS ALL COUNTRIES MUST PUSH THE DOCUMENTS TO THIER FOREIGN MINISTRIES AND TO THIER COUNTRIES REPRESENTATIVES TO OSCE PRIOR TO THAT TIME.

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Nov 29 2006 Please flood the OSCE with grave concern over this issue

Hare KrishnaBy BB Govinda Swami

Please flood the OSCE with grave concern over this issue that they will drive the point home to the Kazakh government.

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Nov 23 2006 Video and pictures from Kazakh Destruction

Hare KrishnaBy Bhakti Bhrnga Govinda Swami

Video from November, 21st Hindu commune demolition and Photo from November, 21st Hindu commune demolition

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Nov 22 2006 November 22, 2006 Destruction of Krishna Community Update

Hare KrishnaBy Bhakti Bhrnga Govinda Swami

24 hours after 200 riot police appeared at the their farm community, the devotees are sifting through the ruins of their homes trying to salvage clothes and belongings. The Omon riot police threw the personal belongings of the Hindus into the mud and snow, while loading the furniture on the back of trucks.

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Nov 21 2006 Kazakh Government destroying Devotees homes in Kazakhstan.

Hare KrishnaBy Bhakti Bhrnga Govinda Swami

All 11 homes were destroyed today by the Kazakh Government. They cut the electric cable at the farm. Thus there is no light, heat, or water for the devotees. Also today our documents were recieved at 10 Downing Street to be presented to Tony Blair. He has agreed to bring up the issue when he meets Nazarbayev today. Tomorrow there will be demonstrations at the London Stock Exchange when Nazarbayev visits there in the morning.

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Sep 11 2006 Please help support devotees in Kazakhstan through a peaceful demonstration

Hare KrishnaBy BB Govinda Swami

Last month there was held the first of two recent conferences in Kazakhstan about religious liberty. ISKCON devotees attended that conference, and our case was brought to the attention of the whole convention by scholars and other delegates from the UK and the USA–who pointed out that religious freedom principles were being violated by the hosts of the conference– the Kazakh government.

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Aug 15 2006 Kazakhstan Crisis

Hare KrishnaBy Bhakti Bhrnga Govinda Swami

It has been over three months since the Kazakhstan government attempted to destroy homes of the devotees and confiscate their properties. Due to your efforts of sending letters, faxes, and emails to the Kazakhstan government, the orders were frozen from the Capital. But sadly, there has been no resolve to the situation.

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