Russian scholar presents book on Tibet's history

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Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), May 5 (ANI): Segius L Kuzmin, a senior scholar of Russian Academy of Sciences presented his book 'Hidden Tibet: History of Independence and Occupation', in Himachal Pradesh's Dharamsala.

This is the first book on the history of Tibet written in the Russian language. The 541-page book contains 12 chapters and has over 180 photographs.

The book traces the history of Tibet, from the origin of the Tibetan people up to the present situation of occupied Tibet. Samdhong Rinpoche, the Tibetan Prime Minister in-exile, Penpa Tsering, Speaker of Tibetan Parliament in-Exile, and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Talking about the book, Rinpoche said it would help remove misconceptions of Russian people about Tibet.

"It is not on the Tibet issue, it is history about the past things. It will give a true picture to the Russian people who do not have any knowledge about Tibet and who were only under the propaganda of the People's Republic of China. Their misconceptions may be removed," said Rinpoche.

The author Segius L Kuzmin said that according to him, Tibet once had its own independence and unique national identity.

"I expect that people will compare different evidences from both sides, from the Tibetan side and the Chinese side, and from unbiased researchers and they may share my conclusion, or they may be different from me in their conclusion because the facts and evidences, which are the bases of my conclusions are also included in this book," said Kuzmin.

"The main conclusion is that Tibet has been always independent and now it is an occupied country," he added.

The event was co-hosted by Moscow-based Save Tibet Foundation and Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA), Dharamsala.(ANI)

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