: Guardian: Russian wrestler films himself kicking and urinating on Buddha statue

15:42 Apr. 5, 2016

Guardian: Russian wrestler films himself kicking and urinating on Buddha statue

Eva Nilsson of Gothenberg, Sweden, sits and contemplates in front of the Buddah in The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya on the grounds of the Rocky Mountain Shambhala Center near Red Feather Lakes, Colo., in this photograph taken on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2001. (AP

Dagestani faces prison for desecrating buddhist temple in south-west Russia

A Russian wrestler faces jail after kicking a statue of Buddha in the face, urinating on it and broadcasting the whole episode live on the Periscope app.

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Said Osmanov, 22, from Dagestan, appeared to urinate on the statue, in Russia's largely Buddhist region of Kalmykia in the country's south-west, before aiming a high-kick at its face.

The incident happened over the weekend in Elista, the capital of Kalmykia. A group of wrestlers from Dagestan, a neighbouring mainly Muslim region, were in town for a tournament and on a tour of the city late in the evening.

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During a walk around the town, Osmanov committed the sacrilegious acts at a Buddhist temple. As word spread on social media, an angry crowd descended on the hotel where the wrestlers were staying, forced Osmanov on to the street and demanded he apologise on his knees for his actions. Police later arrived and took the wrestler into custody.

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