Kyzyl, June 23, Interfax - The leader of Buddhists in the Republic of Tuva in Russia, Bashky Jampel Lodoy, has died, Tuva head Sholban Kara-ool said on social media.
"I've received grave news: Kamby Lama of the Republic of Tuva, honored Bashy Jampel Lodoy, has left us forever. This is a tremendous loss for our republic. He was supposed to turn only 45, he was still so young," Kara-ool said.
"Monks of India, where he studied, as well as believers in all the Buddhist republics of Russia, were praying for the recovery of the leader of Tuva's Buddhists. But the treachery of this disease is that it affects old illnesses, exacerbating them, which results in tragedy. This is why I would like to reach out again to young people who think they can recover after a mild form of the disease. We all see that this disease can affect anyone, no matter what," he said.
The media reported earlier that Tuva's chief lama had been hospitalized with coronavirus and placed in a medically induced coma.