Russian Buddhists have started collecting signatures on a petition demanding a ban on the use of Buddhist symbols at drinking establishments all across Russia.Buddha Bar
The Krasnoyarsk prosecutor’s office has fined the local branch of Buddha Bar, a global chain of bars that feature Buddha statues in their interiors. The establishment has been ordered to pay a fine of 30,000 rubles ($462) for offending the religious feelings of Buddhists in Kalmykia, Buryatia and Tyva.
A representative of the bar responded to the ruling with irony: “News from the prosecutor’s office. Buddha Bar has been found guilty of offending the feelings of Buddhists in Kalmykia, Buryatia and Tyva. We now have to pay a fine of 30,000 rubles, change our name and remove Buddha statues. My husband and I have been splitting our sides with laughter. I demanded he tell me how did he dare to offend so many people,” Natalya Myazina wrote on Facebook.
First published in Russian by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
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