Russian Astrologer, Yoga Teacher Charged for Promoting Popular Hindu Festival

A Russian astrologer and yoga exercise trainer stated she has been charged of illegal missionary benefit arranging events of a major Hindu festival.

Yekaterina Kalinkina, 47, encounters a penalty of 50,000 rubles ($ 650) for organizing and also promoting occasions noting the celebration of Maha Shivratri on social media sites in March, according to papers she uploaded Friday.

Maha Shivratri, also referred to as “the excellent evening of Shiva”– the client god of yoga exercise, reflection and arts– is an extensively acknowledged event in Hinduism that commemorates “getting over darkness and lack of knowledge.”

The connected prosecution data keeps in mind that Kalinkina’s articles comprise prohibited missionary work due to the fact that she is not an authorized religious leader as well as “no religious organization of the Hindu god Shiva is registered” in the central Russian republic of Udmurtia.

Kalinkina said on social media that the management costs are “not deadly, but they make me think about the future.”

She wrote that she is considering “holing up”– continuing to educate yoga and organize huge Hindu vacations, but without posting regarding them on social media sites– or emigrating from Russia.

” Option 3 is connecting with 2 even more unyielding and strong-minded individuals with a home license in Udmurtia and also registering as the ‘Sanatana Dharma’ spiritual group,” Kalinkina stated.

Many professionals of Hinduism, the globe’s third-largest religion, refer to their idea as Sanatana Dharma (” the Eternal method” in Sanskrit).

” After that, illegal missionary activity becomes legal,” Kalinkina wrote.

” Do you know anybody that take on?” she asked her close friends and followers on VKontakte, Russia’s matching of Facebook.

News of Kalinkina’s anticipated penalty adheres to a U.S. Congressional panel’s proposition to blacklist Russia amongst the globe’s “worst violators” of spiritual freedom. The designation would pave the way for assents, according to the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty news site.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said in an April 21 record that Russia in 2020 stepped up fines, detentions and criminal fees against spiritual minorities considered to be “ultramodern.”

The Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian religion whose participants have actually long been watched with suspicion in Russia and which was banned as “extremist” in 2017, underwent virtually 500 raids as well as nearly 200 criminal cases against them that year.

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