"There are 60-70 million Krishna followers in Russia, around 10,000 in Moscow alone. The movement’s flourishing there," says the guru, who has even faced prosecution by the KGB, the former Russian intelligence agency.
Many of his colleagues were jailed. Three of them, he recalls, died after being tortured. "We endured all sorts of hardships. We still face opposition from the orthodox Church in Russia. But we will not stop our mission".