Srila Prabhupada came to Moscow in 1971, taking all kinds of risks, in order to establish Krishna consciousness in this very important part of the world. Srila Prabhupada left only one disciple here, but by his spiritual power Krishna consciousness gradually started spreading in the USSR.
In the 1980s Krishna consciousness went underground, and devotees were being persecuted. Some of them even left their lives in prisons. In 1988 when under the pressure of the international campaign ISKCON in Russia was legalized, Srila Prabhupada's movement started spreading like wildfire. Millions of books were distributed. Russians started joining by the thousands.