Indian Community in Russia
The size of the Indian Community in the Russian Federation is estimated at 14,000. In addition, there are about 1,500 Afghan nationals of Indian origin in Russia.
2. There are about 500 Indian businessmen residing in Russia of whom over 200 work in Moscow. It is estimated that there are around 300 registered Indian companies in Russia. Almost all Indian businessmen/Companies are involved in trading. Tea, coffee, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, rice, spices, leather footwear, granite, I.T. and garments are the main products being imported by these companies from India. A small number of Indian nationals are working for multinational companies in Moscow and other cities of Russia. A few Indian companies have set up joint ventures in Russia in mineral and food processing as well as pharmaceuticals.
3. There are approximately 4,500 Indian students currently enrolled in medical and technical institutions in the Russian Federation. About 90% of them students are pursuing medical studies in about 20 universities/institutions spread across the country, while the rest are studying engineering, aeronautical designing, computer science, transport technology, management, agriculture and business/financial management.
4. The Hindustani Samaj is the oldest Indian organization in Russia.Set up in 1957, it has been in the forefront of social and cultural life in Moscow. It works in close co-operation with the Indian Embassy and maintains cordial relations with other Indian organizations in Russia, which include the Bhartiya Sanskritik Samaj, Brahma Kumaris, ISKCON, Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, Ramakrishna Society Vedanta Centre at Moscow (with branch at St. Petersburg), AMMA, DISHA, the Indian Business Alliance, and Textile Business Alliance. The Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre, encourages participation by the Indian community in social, cultural and other events and provides opportunities for bringing them together on a common platform.
5. There is an Embassy of India School in Moscow, affiliated to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathana in New Delhi. Its staff is sent on deputation from India. Apart from the children of Indian Embassy officials and other Indian nationals, some foreign nationals also attend this School. The School has classes from I to XII and it has 336 students.