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Russia's Buddhist Republic

By Bradley Jardine, The Diplomat, January 4, 2017

Kalmykia, Russia -- The journey from Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) to Russia’s southern Republic of Kalmykia – a barren landscape the size of Scotland, wedged between Stavropol and Astrakhan on the coast of the Caspian Sea – is somewhat eerie.

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North-east Buddhist retreat backed by planners

by Ryan Cryle, Evening Express, 17 Dec 2016

Aberdeen, Scotland (UK) -- Proposals to turn a cottage on the outskirts of Aberdeen into a monastic retreat have been backed by planners despite fears over traffic.

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Buddha Bar in Krasnoyarsk fined for offending believers’ feelings

by Nadezhda Stolyarchuk, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Russia Beyond the Headlines, November 24, 2016

The local chain of Buddha Bar ordered to pay a fine, change their name and remove Buddha statues.
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
-- 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.

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Crowds flock to Runcorn for Buddhist festival

By Oliver Clay, Echo, 23 NOV 2016

Event marked end of rainy season with visitor numbers estimated at more than 500
Runcorn, UK
-- Hundreds of Buddhists descended on Wat Phra Singh temple on High Street in Runcorn to celebrate the Kathina festival.

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Ancient Buddhist celebration Kathina to take place in former church

by Lisa Nightingale, ShieldsGazette.com, Oct 18, 2016

An ancient celebration at a Buddhist temple in South Tyneside aims to give people the chance to find out more about the religion.
Newcastle, UK
-- Members of the Buddhist meditation centre – at the former St Andrew’s Church, off Ellison Street, Hebburn – are preparing to stage one of the most important celebrations on the calendar

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