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Banished Tibetan Lama Says He Was Warned by Russian Authorities

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

A prominent Tibetan lama who has been ordered out of Russia says the country's security agency had previously warned him to be less active in preaching Tibetan Buddhism to Russians.
 
Shiwalha Rinpoche, who has earned a strong following in Russia over the past decade, was declared "undesirable" by the Federal Security Service (FSB) in late September and ordered to leave with no possibility of return.
 
"During all these years they had never been any complaint about my activities" he told RFE/RL in Moscow on October 15 -- a day before he was due to board a flight for India. "But last year, FSB officials came to one of my lectures. They listened and then suggested that I give fewer sermons. This is the reason why I was less active this year."
 
Shiwalha Rinpoche said that he has done nothing wrong but would comply with the expulsion order out of respect for the law of his adoptive country.
 

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