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OMMCOM NEWS IMPACT: Russian Beggar In Puri Rehabilitated By District Authorities

10 December 2017


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Puri: A 43-year-old Russian man who was recently spotted seeking alms at the Bada Danda, close to the Jagannath Temple, turned out to be an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. The foreigner, who was identified as Andrei Glagolev was abandoned by his wife and children for the ascetic practices he adopted, owing allegiance to his religious bent of mind.

A day after OMMCOM NEWS reported the situation of Glagolev, Puri district administration sprung into action and designated an official to arrange essential help for him. On Sunday, Glagolev was shifted to a shelter home in Puri, where he has been provided free food and accommodation.

“Upon inquiry it has been ascertained that the man, being a Shiva devotee, has willingly travelled to India. After coming to India, he was staying at Mathura and had recently shifted to Puri,” Tourist Officer, Puri, Bijay Kumar Jena said.

Glagolev’s visa is valid till January 8, 2018, and he is scheduled for an interview for ‘refugee extension’ at Delhi. In case, he needs any financial assistance, the district administration help him money to travel to the National Capital. “If he opts to reside in Puri, we will offer all assistance,” Jena added.

On the other hand, the Russian man said, there were issues surmounting in his country and he is not willing to go back. “There are tensions pertaining to religions in Russia. I am happy here and probably I would stay here for the rest of my life,” Glagolev said.

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Bijay Kumar Jena, Tourist Officer, Puri

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Andrei Glagolev, Russian Refugee