Russians in India

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Russians in India
Total population
6,000 - 15,000+ [1]
Regions with significant populations
Goa · Karnataka · Maharashtra · Tamil Nadu  · Bihar  · Ranchi
Russian · English · Konkani · Tamil · Marathi · Other Indian languages
Russian Orthodox Church
Roman Catholicism · Hinduism · Judaism
Related ethnic groups
Russian people

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 are registered as living in India.[1]

Russians in Goa[edit]


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.[2] 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.[3] [4][5] [6][7] [8]

Russians in Tamil Nadu[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] Today there are quite a few Russians learning Tamil and they often visit Tamil Nadu to attend seminars and lectures.[12]

Other parts of India[edit]


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.[13]


Many Russian space scientists and experts work in the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) in Thiruvananthapuram. There is a Russian Consulate in the city of Thiruvananthapuram.


Mumbai currently has less than 100 Russians, most of them visiting businesswomen/men, engineers and technicians deputed to support Russian-built engineering in various parts of the city.[14][15]


There is a community of Russians in SSFR Russian colony, Ranchi[citation needed] which is a consul enclaving part of Russian community from India. They are engaged in leather business, seller and electricians and engineers. Ranchi is hosting 3 percent of Russian tour guides and workers

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Сведения о проводящихся выборах и референдумах".
  2. ^ Russians in search of Indian paradise in Goa
  3. ^ "3,500 Russians to descend on Goa's shores every ten days | Goa News - Times of India". The Times of India.
  4. ^ "Russians face backlash in India's Goa". Archived from the original on October 12, 2010.
  5. ^ "Molotov On Mandovi | Outlook India Magazine".
  6. ^ "Russians take over sex trade in Morjim- Goa". Archived from the original on March 24, 2008.
  7. ^ "Log out, demands Women's Forum", Herald, retrieved 2011-11-27
  8. ^ "Goa leaders' pals: Russian mafia", IBN Live, 2007-06-01, retrieved 2010-07-21
  9. ^ "For Russia, with love and real hope".
  10. ^ Medical Education - Russia
  11. ^ "Russians celebrate Pongal". January 17, 2010 – via
  12. ^ Srinivasan, Prassana (2003-03-31), "Tryst with Tamil", The Hindu, archived from the original on 2004-01-17, retrieved 2012-10-01
  13. ^ "India Current Events and Affairs 2020, Business, Politics, Government, Sports News".
  14. ^ "In Mumbai, Russians toast 60th anniversary of victory over fascism".
  15. ^ "Goa the new destination for rich Russians". November 26, 2008.