Russians in India
|more than 845|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Goa · Karnataka · Maharashtra · Tamil Nadu . Bihar • Russian Colony SSFR, Ranchi|
|Russian · English · Konkani · Tamil · Marathi · Other Indian languages|
|Russian Orthodox Church|
Roman Catholicism · Hinduism
|Related ethnic groups|
There is a small but recognisable Russian community in India which comprises Indian citizens of Russian heritage as well with Russian expatriates and migrants residing in India. According to the Russian government, 845 Russian citizens live in India. In general Indians are fond of Russia and Russians due to the historical strong friendly relationship of India with USSR.
Russians in Goa
The state of Goa has become a home away from home to many Russians, in the last few years. Many restless young Russians who are unhappy with city life would head to Goa in search of inner peace. The Russian exodus to Goa has become a trend, and many are moving there for good. Cheap daily charter flights are now carrying thousands of Russians to the former Portuguese colony famous for its beaches and laid-back mood. Many Russians have set up businesses in Goa. Many beach side restaurants post their signboards in English and Russian to attract Russian-speaking customers.
The village of Morjim is dubbed "Little Russia" by locals because of the high number of Russians living there.
With the Russian economy opening up, more and more Russians are traveling to India, with Goa as their favourite haunt. An estimated 3,500 Russians would descend on Goa's shores every ten days in the tourism season.    
Russians in Tamil Nadu
The Russian expatriate community in the state of Tamil Nadu is numbering 6,000 people composed mostly of scientists, engineers, artists, independent entrepreneurs and international students. There is a Russian Consulate, a Russian Science Center and a Russian Cultural Centre located in Chennai. Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute has a number of Russian medical students due to foreign exchange programmes with Stavropol State Medical Academy. There are about 40 Russian scientists working in the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant and many of them came with their families when they got transferred to Nagercoil. Today there are quite a few Russians learning Tamil and they often visit Tamil Nadu to attend seminars and lectures.
Other parts of India
Many Russian space scientists and experts work in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Bangalore assisting in the development the rover for Chandrayaan-2 and also in the Indian manned mission.
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