remember the guy in the hoagy carmichael song who kicked old buddha’s gong? well, he’s got company

Russian fighter urinated in the temple and punched a Buddha statue on the nose, Apr 4 2016


Scandal in the Russian city of Elista (capital city of the Kalmyks – RB) where was a wrestling tournament. The behaviour of an athlete sparked riots and cancellation of the tournament of free-style wrestling. One of the participants in the tournament, 22-year-old athlete from Dagestan Said Osmanov, went in the competition’s free time together with his teammates to a Buddhist temple, celebrated there the need, and punched on the nose a Buddha statue. His act, the young man shared on social networks. The behaviour of the fighter caused the present indignation of the locals who saw this video, got to the hotel, where a sportsman he stayed, and he had to apologize and kneel before the statue. The development of the conflict stopped arriving to the scene the police. Because of this incident, the freestyle wrestling tournament was cancelled, and the wrestler was arrested for two months under article “violation of the right to freedom of conscience and religion.”

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