August 11, 2001 Indian Prime Minister Atal B. Vajpayee sent the following complimentary message on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of ISKCON in Russia.
"I am pleased to know that the International Society for Krishna Consciousness will be celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in Russia on August 12, which coincides with Krishna Janmastami. Over the last few decades, ISKCON has played an important role in popularizing the noble message of the Gita and the inspiring life of Lord Krishna in many foreign lands. It is a tribute to the resolute spirit of the followers of ISKCON that they have sustained their temple in Russia for so many years. This indeed shows that Krishna's message is eternal and relevant to all people at all time.
"I compliment ISKCON Russia for this achievement. I hope that, in the years to come, it will continue to serve the people of Russia and Lord Krishna with the same fervor as it has done so far. On this occasion, I send my best wishes to the devotees of Lord Krishna in Russia."