The controversial Bhagavad Gita extremism trial

In June 2011, the Prosecutor's Office initiated a case to declare "Bhagavad Gita As It Is" extremist, following the inspection of the Tomsk Society for Krishna Consciousness.

According to Tomsk University experts cited by the local prosecutor's office, the dogmata described in the book incites religious hatred, humiliates the dignity of people on the basis of sex, race, nationality, language, origin and attitude toward religion.

The book was written by founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. It was translated into more than 60 languages.

Holy case: Hindu text under prosecutor's pressure

The situation surrounding the Russian version of “Bhagavad Gita”, a sacred text of Hindus, has evoked an international uproar. The Prosecutor’s Office in Siberia seeks to declare the book and its commentary extremist.