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(provisional English translation)

"The representatives of Kalmyk community handed to us a copy of the appeal addressed to you (i.e., The Ministry of Religious Affairs) by which they asked  you for a financial support for maintaining their temple.  Although the public professing of Buddhism in not recognized neither by Constitution nor any other Law, we find that it would not do any harm neither to the State nor to  any other confession if support is given to this small group for fulfilling their religious needs.... quite to the contrary, it  would do them a harm if they are left without spiritual guidance.  The local Kalmyks, the Buddhists, do not ask for any official recognition of their religion - they ask only for a tolerance and small insignificant financial support." 


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