Russia lists Dalai Lama’s envoy on foreign-agent list after he criticizes Ukraine war — Radio Free Asia read full article at

Russia’s Justice Ministry has included the religious head of Russia’s Kalmyk Buddhists and envoy of the Dalai Lama to Russia on a listing of overseas brokers after he criticized Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The transfer comes as Moscow cracks down on dissent over the battle in Ukraine by utilizing a brand new regulation to impose rising civic restrictions on people or entities that publicly oppose the nation’s invasion of its neighbor, no matter their nationality or location.

The Justice Ministry defined its determination, by noting that Telo Tulku Rinpoche “spoke against the Special Military Operation, openly supported Ukraine, is a U.S. citizen, and lives outside of Russia,” based on an internet article by the impartial Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta

In response, Telo Tulku Rinpoche mentioned he was resigning his publish as religious head of Russia’s Kalmyk Buddhuists and requested that every one duties be transferred to Tendzin Choidak, the chief of the non secular group  — referred to as the Kalmyk Central Buddhist Monastery of Geden Sheddup Choi Korling — and administrator Yonten Lodoi. He’ll retain his title because the Dalai Lama’s envoy to Russia, nonetheless.

“My name as the head lama of Kalmykia is listed in that statement and not as a representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Russia,” Telo Tulku Rinpoche informed Radio Free Asia. “So, as far as the responsibilities as the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are concerned, nothing has changed, and we are carrying out our duties as usual.” 

The Kalmyks are a Mongolic ethnic group primarily of Buddhist religion whose ancestors migrated from Dzungaria, a geographical subregion in northwest China that corresponds to the northern half of the present-day Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Area.  

Some Kalmyks, together with Telo Tulku Rinpoche’s household, migrated to america or to Western European nations, akin to France, Germany and the Czech Republic.

The brand new regulation, signed by President Vladimir Putin in July 2022 and which took impact in December, broadens the definition of overseas brokers to incorporate those that have interaction in activism or specific opinions about Moscow’s insurance policies or the conduct of officers, if authorities can point out they’re “under foreign influence.”  

Amongst these included on the foreign-agent registry are Russian journalists, common singers, non secular figures and human rights activists.

Russian authorities have detained many individuals listed on the registry, whereas others have fled the nation or have remained inside however dwell as fugitives, mentioned Telo Tulku Rinpoche, who’s now in India the place he plans to remain in the meanwhile. 

“I am sure if I return to Russia, I will be prosecuted and detained for at least 10 to 15 years,” he informed RFA.

Following his inclusion on the registry, Telo Tulku Rinpoche, whose given title is Erdne Ombadykow, stepped down as Supreme Lama of Kalmykia, a place he has held since 1992, serving as religious head of Tibetan Buddhists within the area on the western shore of the Caspian Sea. 

Moscow added Telo Tulku Rinpoche to the listing after he mentioned throughout an interview in October 2022 on the YouTube channel “Alchemy of the Soul” that Russia’s battle towards Ukraine was flawed and that the Ukrainians had the correct to defend nation.

“It is the people of Ukraine’s rightful sovereignty and human rights to protect their freedom and country and also fight back against Russia,” Telo Tulku Rinpoche informed RFA. “I said this loud and clear to an online media interview earlier in October, so this is the reaction of the Russian government.” 

Telo Tulku Rinpoche went on to say that his U.S. citizenship, the present tense relationship between the U.S. and Russia over the battle, and the truth that he’s a public and influential determine in Russia could have been different causes for his itemizing on the registry. 

Translated by Tenzin Dickyi for RFA Tibetan. Edited by Roseanne Gerin and Malcolm Foster.

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