Despite large state subsidies for building Buddhist temples and training Buddhist monks, while “the basics of traditional religions are taught in a historical-informational context” in schools, officials and Buddhist leaders reject suggestions that Buddhism has become Kalmykia’s state religion. Members of religious minorities voiced few complaints about this government support for Buddhism.
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