Executive News Svc. AP 08/17 2055 Soviet-Krishna MOSCOW (AP) -- A dozen members of a Mosco

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Executive News Svc. AP 08/17 2055 Soviet-Krishna MOSCOW (AP) -- A dozen members of a Moscow Hare Krishna group were detained by police Monday as they sang prayers on an outdoor shopping mall, a dissident source said. Andrei Shilgov told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that there were no injuries among the Hare Krishnas, who were marking a religious holiday on the Arbat Mall. Quoting witnesses, he said 12 to 15 Hare Krishnas were taken away by police in a bus. There was no indication how long the group would be held, or whether they would be charged with any crime, he said. Members of the religious group say Soviet authorities prevent them from openly practicing their religion. Soviet law does not prohibit religious practice, but it requires that religious groups register with the state. In April, five Hare Krishnas met with Western reporters in Moscow and told them authorities have refused or failed to respond to their requests to register. The group also said that 26 Hare Krishnas are in Soviet jails or psychiatric hospitals because of their beliefs.

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