Dalai Lama to visit Russia as a spiritual leader: Russian envoy

ANI, June 6, 2010

Moscow, Russia -- Russia's Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin has said Tibetan leader Dalai Lama is expected to visit Russia as a spiritual leader and as a politician.

Ambassador Kadakin said Russia has a good number of citizens following the faith of Buddhism and the people want to see their religious leader.

"No politics is involved and if he comes to Russia as only as leader of Buddhist, because we also have Buddhist republic in Russia. There are Buddhists in Altai region, in the Altai Mountains. We have great followers of Buddhists in Russia and they also want to see their spiritual leader," said Kadakin.

"We understand this, but this should be strictly religious. He should come as head of Buddhism, not as a politician," he added.

Kadakin further said Russia considers Dalai Lama as a religious leader, but there are people around him, who are engaged in political activity.

"We consider him to be a religious leader. But around him, there are people, who are engaged in political activities, unfortunately. He is a very respected political leader and if he improves his relation with his home country, then it would be nice," he said.