08ASTANA2019, KAZAKHSTAN: HARE KRISHNAS TAKEN TO COURT OVER LEGALITY OF

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08ASTANA2019 2008-10-10 11:30 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Astana

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FM AMEMBASSY ASTANA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 3560
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE 0678
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RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS
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UNCLAS ASTANA 002019 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PGOV PHUM KIRF KZ
SUBJECT:  KAZAKHSTAN:  HARE KRISHNAS TAKEN TO COURT OVER LEGALITY OF 
STRUCTURES 
 
REF:  ASTANA 1863 
 
1.  (U)  Sensitive but unclassified.  Not for public Internet. 
 
2.  (SBU)  The Almaty Hare Krishna Society will head to court again 
on October 13 over the plot of land that has been the subject of a 
long-standing dispute with local authorities.  The Karasai District 
Court will decide whether the community's buildings -- which include 
living quarters, a barn, and the Krishna's temple -- were lawfully 
constructed.  In August 2008, the Karasai district akimat (local 
administration) annulled a 2001 order that had deemed the buildings 
properly constructed and granted the Society use of the structures. 
As the Society's representative, Maxim Varfolomeyev, explained to us 
on October 10, the annulment of this order took place shortly after 
the Society rejected the fifth land plot offered by the authorities 
in exchange for their current property.  (NOTE:  As reported in 
reftel, the Krishnas did not accept the plots because they 
maintained that the plots were too far from Almaty and did not have 
necessary amenities like water or electricity.  END NOTE.)  The 
courts had ruled previously that the Society did not follow proper 
procedures in acquiring the land, explained Varfolomeyev, and a 
court decision deeming the buildings illegal would all but eliminate 
the Society's claim to the plot. 
 
2.  (SBU)  Varfolomeyev told us that he believes he has little hope 
of winning the case.  "The government is tired of playing nice," he 
contended.  He  argued that if the court decides against the 
Krishnas, "nothing will stop the akimat from demolition" of the 
buildings.  "We are expecting the worst," he said.  Varfolomeyev 
told us that the community is already trying to plan for how to move 
the devotees and its 30 head of cattle.  "We can always appeal the 
decision," said Varfolomeyev, but he was doubtful any court would 
decide in the Krishna's favor. 
 
 
HOAGLAND

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