India has called upon Russia to resolve the issue arising out of a case in a Siberia court for banning a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita written by the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin met External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna at the Hyderabad House here on Tuesday and was told that the Russian government should provide all possible help to resolve the issue.

Mr. Krishna met Mr. Kadakin a day before the Siberian court resumes hearing on a petition seeking a ban on the commentary of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

This is the second time in four days that the Ministry has called Mr. Kadakin to convey India's concerns. Last week, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai met him.

“The Russian side has been saying that it is a judicial process and that it will take all steps it can within its power,” sources said.

Mr. Kadakan was at pains to point out that the Russian government's manoeuvrability was limited but it was trying its best to resolve the issue. “You understand that it is a court case but the Russian government can do one thing. It can ask the people to express our love and admiration for the Gita. That you can get from anyone in Russia,” he said, when pressed for comments.

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