Russian who sought alms did not respond to our call: Consulate


When the news reached Swaraj, she immediately offered help.

A young Russian tourist, A. Evangelin Berdnikov, sat at the main entrance of the Sri Kumarakottam Murugan temple here on Tuesday morning seeking alms from devotees in a desperate attempt to rustle up some cash after his ATM PIN number was locked down following multiple wrong entries.

He sat outside the temple after he was unable to withdraw money from the ATM and started seeking alms using his cap. As per IANS report, Evangelin got to know about the problem after he went to an ATM kiosk in the temple town to withdraw money. Later, when the matter was reported, Siva Kanchi police reached the temple and brought him to the station.

Though a few temple goers gave him money, they were surprised to see a foreigner sitting at a temple with his backpack begging for alms. The Chennai cops questioned the Russian and found out that 32-year-old Evangelin was a research student who had exhausted all of his money.

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The police found all his travel documents to be valid.

"Evangelin - Your country Russian Federation is our time tested friend".

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has always been in the headlines not only for being Twitter active but also for always stepping up in aiding people who seek help.

In the second case, the foreign minister of India approved the visa request for liver transplant surgery of a Pakistani national Azhar Hussain. Extending help to the mother, Sushma Swaraj said, "We are giving visa for the open heart surgery of your one-year-old daughter Shireen Shiraz in India".