Russia


About

MBBS from Russia is a preferred choice for International students because of highly subsidized fee by Russian Ministry of Health & Education as compared to other western countries. High Quality of Education combined with this low cost is one of the main reasons for choosing top medical universities of Russia for MBBS. There are almost 57 medical universities in Russia. The student to teacher ratio is 7:1 in all Russian Medical Universities. About 12 of these universities provide MBBS in English Medium. Russia is a transcontinental country positioned in eastern Europe and northern Asia. Protecting a place of 17,125,200 rectangular kilometers (6,612,100 square mi), it's far the largest country inside the globe by means of area, spanning more than one-eighth of the earth's inhabited land area, stretching 11 time zones, and bordering sixteen sovereign’s international nation. The territory of Russia extends from the Baltic Sea in the west to the Pacific Ocean within the east, and from the arctic ocean within the north to the black sea and the Caucasus within the south. Russia is the most populous country in Europe and the ninth-most populous country in the world. Russia's capital and biggest town is Moscow; other major urban areas include Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Chelyabinsk.

Geography and Climate

Russia is the largest country in the world; its overall area is 17,075,200 square kilometres (6,592,800 sq mi). This makes it larger than the continents of Oceania, Europe, and Antarctica. It lies between latitudes 41° and 82° N, and longitudes 19° E and 169° W. Russia has a wide natural resource base, including major deposits of timber, petroleum, natural gas, coal, ores , and other mineral resources.

Climate

Below we are trying to show you the Climate data for every month of Russia: -

Climate data for Russia (records)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Record high °C (°F)

26.7
(80.1)

26.6
(79.9)

30.3
(86.5)

34.0
(93.2)

37.7
(99.9)

43.2
(109.8)

45.4
(113.7)

43.5
(110.3)

41.5
(106.7)

33.7
(92.7)

29.1
(84.4)

25.0
(77.0)

45.4
(113.7)

Record low °C (°F)

−71.2
(−96.2)

−67.8
(−90.0)

−60.6
(−77.1)

−57.2
(−71.0)

−34.2
(−29.6)

−9.7
(14.5)

−9.3
(15.3)

−17.1
(1.2)

−25.3
(−13.5)

−48.7
(−55.7)

−58.5
(−73.3)

−64.5
(−84.1)

−71.2
(−96.2)

 

Demographics

According to the 2010 census Russia has a population of 142.8 million, rising to 146.7 million as of 2020. Russia is the most populous country in Europe, and the 9th-most populous country in the whole world, its population density stands at nine inhabitants per square kilometer (23 consistent with square mile). The overall life expectancy in Russia at birth is 72.4 years (66.9 years for males and 77.6 years for females). As of 2018, the total fertility rate (TFR) across Russia was estimated to be 1.57 born per woman, one of the lowest fertility rates in the world, below the replacement rate of 2.1, and considerably below the high of 7.44 children born per woman in 1908. Subsequently, the country has one of the oldest populations in the world, with an average age of 40.3 years.

Around 111 million ethnic Russians lived in Russia, and approx. 20 million ethnic Russian live outside Russia in the former Republics of the Soviet Union, mostly in Ukraine and Kazakhstan. According to the 2010 census 81% of the population as ethnically Russian, and 19% as other ethnicities: 1.4% Ukrainians; 3.7% Tatars; 1% Chuvashes; 1.1% Bashkirs; 11.8% others and unspecified. According to the Census, 84.93% of the Russian population belongs to European ethnic groups (Slavic, Germanic, Finnic, Greek, and others).

Language

Russia is having 185 ethnic group which speaks over 100 languages. According to the 2002 Census, 142.6 million people speak Russian, followed by Tatar with 5.3 million and Ukrainian with 1.8 million speakers. Russian is their official language, but according to the constitution, it gives the right to every individual to establish their own state language in addition to Russian. the Russian language is homogeneous throughout the country. Russian is the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia, as well as the most widely spoken Slavic language.

Russian is the second language which uses on the Internet after English, one of two official languages aboard the International Space Station and is one of the six official languages of the UN. 35 languages are officially recognized in Russia in various regions by local governments.

Religion

Russia is a secular country. According to the 2017 survey, Religious Belief and National Belonging in Central and Eastern Europe made by the Pew Research Center showed that 74% of Russians declared themselves Christian (71% Orthodox, 1% Catholic, and 2% Other Christians), 10% were Muslims, while 15% were unaffiliated, and 1% were from other religions.

Transport

In Russia, railway transport is mainly under the monopoly of the state-run Russian Railways and company accounts for over 3.6% of Russia’s GDP and handles 39% of the total freight traffic which includes pipelines; moreover, it also handles more than 42% of passenger traffic. Commonly used railway tracks length exceeds up to 85.500 km, from which 40,000 tracks are electrified (largest in the world) and moreover there are more than 30,000 km of industrial non-common carrier lines. Unlike in most of the world, Russia uses broad gauge in railways of 1,520 mm, with the exception of 957 km on Sakhalin Island which uses narrow gauge of 1,067 mm. Trans-Siberian is the most renowned railway in Russia which owns a record of seven times zones and also giving the longest single continuous services in the world i.e., Moscow-Vladivostok, Moscow-Pyongyang and Kyiv-Vladivostok. As per 2006 stats, in total Russia had 933,000 km of roads of which 755,000 km were paved from which some of these make up the Russian federal motorway system. The road density is the lowest of all the G8 and BRIC countries with large land area. 

Russia’s inland waterways are made up of natural rivers or lakes which total 102,000 km. The network of channels connects the basins of major rivers in the European part of the country. Moscow (Russia’s capital is known for the port of five seas because of its waterway connections to the Baltic, White, Caspian, Azov and Black Seas. Major seaports include Rostov-on-Don on the Azov Sea, Novorossiysk on the Black Sea, Astrakhan and Makhachkala on the Caspian, Kaliningrad and St Petersburg on the Baltic, Arkhangelsk on the White Sea, Murmansk on the Barents Sea, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean. Country owned 1448 merchant marine ships in 2008. Nuclear-powered icebreakers, the world’s only fleet advances the economic exploitation of the Arctic continental shelf of Russia and the development of sea trade through the Northern Sea Route between Europe and East Asia. 

Russia is second only to the United States by total length of pipelines. Currently, many new projects of the pipeline are being released which includes Nord Stream and South Stream natural gas pipelines to Europe and the Eastern Siberia-Pacific Ocean oil pipeline (ESPO) to the Russian Far East and China. 

In total, Russia had 1,216 airports. Among which busiest ones are Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, and Vnukovo in Moscow and Pulkovo in St Petersburg. In public transport, Russia had well-developed systems with most common varieties of exploited vehicles like bus, trolleybus, and tram. Russia also has an underground metro in seven cities namely Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Samara, Yekaterinburg and Kazan and Volgograd having a feature of a metro tram. The total length of the metro is 465.5 km. Oldest metro in Russia are Moscow Metro and St. Petersburg Metro which opened in 1935 and 1955 respectively and these two are the fastest and busiest metro systems in the world but some of them are famous for their rich decorations and unique designs of their stations which is a common tradition in Russian metros and railways. 

 

Education

In terms of the percentage of the population in the world, Russia has the most college-level or higher graduates i.e. 54%. By the constitution Russia has a free educational system which is guaranteed for all the citizens but entry to subsidized higher education is highly competitive which results a great emphasis on science and technology in education, and generally Russian medical, mathematical, scientific, and aerospace research is of a high order.

The 11-year school education has been introduced since 1990. There is free education in state-owned secondary schools. Also, university-level education is free with some exceptions. There are enrollments of a substantial share of students for full pay as many state institutions started to open commercial positions in last years.

According to the law, Russia educational system includes 2 types of education i.e., general and profession. General includes 4 levels, first is preschool education, second is primary general education, the third is basic general education and the last one is secondary general education but there is one more general education which is additional general education based on school-based study groups and clubs. Apart from general education, professional education includes training of professions which is available on the basis of primary general education and duration is on the basis of profession, next is vocational education which is available on the basis of basic or secondary general education and duration is of 3 or 4 years respectively. Moreover it also includes higher education which is having 3 levels of education, firstly is bachelor’s degree of 4 years available on the basis of secondary general education, second is the specialist degree of 5 or 6 years depending upon particular academic major and available on the basis on secondary general education, and for certain medical and engineering specialties, third and last one is master’s degree of 2 years available for the persons who have any academic degree. Furthermore, professional education also includes postgraduate education of 2 or 4 years depending upon academic discipline and available for persons who have specialist degrees or master’s degrees. Additional professional education is also available for graduates of institutions of vocational or higher education. 

Moscow State University and Saint Petersburg State University is the oldest and largest Russian universities. The government launched a program in the 2000s of establishing “federal universities” mostly by merging existing large regional universities and research institutes to create higher education and research institutions of comparable scale in Russian regions and provide special funding for them. An institution which built-in 2000s includes Southern Federal University, Siberian Federal University, Kazan Volga Federal University, North-Eastern Federal University, and Far Eastern Federal University. As per 2018 QS World University Rankings, Moscow State University is the highest-ranking Russian educational institution i.e. 95th in the world.

Culture

There are over 160 specific ethnic groups and indigenous peoples in Russia. The country's big cultural diversity spans ethnic Russians with their Slavic Orthodox traditions, Tatars and Bashkirs with their Turkic Muslim subculture, Buddhist nomadic Buryats and Kalmyks, shamanistic peoples of the north and Siberia, highlanders of the northern Caucasus, and finna-Ugric peoples of the Russian northwest and Volga location.

Cuisine
In Russia, there is wide use of fish, caviar, poultry, mushrooms, berries, and honey. For various breads, pancakes and cereals, as well as for kvass (beverage), beer and vodka drinks there are Crops of rye, wheat, barley, and millet as ingredients. In Russia, black bread is popular as compare to the world.  Shchi (cabbage soup), Borsch (sour soup), Ukha (clear soup), Solyanka (thick, spicy and sour soup) and Okroshka (cold soup) are the flavorful soups and stews. Moreover, Smetana (a heavy sour cream) is also added to soups and salads. Native types of pancakes include Pirozhki, blini and syrnik. Popular meat dishes are Chicken Kiev, pelmeni (originated from Tatar) and shashlyk (originated from Caucasus). Furthermore, other meat dish includes golubtsy (stuffed cabbage rolls which is filled with meat usually). In salads it includes Olivier salad, vinegret, and dressed herring.

Sports

Russian Athletes are always recognized as one of the best in the world. They have always been in the top 5 for the number of gold medals won in summer Olympics. Track-and-field athletes, weightlifters, boxers, fencers, wrestlers, shooters, cross country skiers, biathletes, speed skaters and figure skaters were consistently among the best in the world, along with Soviet basketball, handball, volleyball and ice hockey players.

The Kontinental hockey league (KHL) become founded in 2008 as a successor to the Russian superleague. It is ranked as the top hockey league in Europe as of 2009, and the second-best in the whole world. It is an international professional ice hockey league in Eurasia and consists of 29 teams, of which 21 are primarily based in Russia and 7 more are positioned in Kazakhstan, Latvia, Belarus, Finland, Croatia, Slovakia, and china. KHL is on the 4th region via attendance in Europe.

Bandy (Russian Hockey) and Association Football is one of the most popular sports in Russia. Some of the other famous sports in Russia are basketball, Handball etc.

Indo-Russian Relations

There are bilateral relations between both countries. India and the Soviet Union (USSR) had a strong strategic, military, economic, and diplomatic relations during the Cold War. Russia inherited its close relationship with India after the dissolution of the Soviet Union which makes a special relationship between the countries which termed as “special and privileged strategic partnership”. The bilateral relationship has seen further growth and development after owning bonhomie which is shared by both the countries respective leaders i.e., Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin. In 2018 at Sochi, an informal meeting helped to accelerate the partnership, displaying the role of interaction and cooperation between India and Russia.

Traditionally, on five major components an Indo-Russia strategic the partnership has been built which are politics, defense, civil nuclear energy, anti-terrorism co-operation and space and these points are highlighted by former Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai in his speech in Russia. For Russian defence industry, India is the second-largest market. As per stats, in 2017 approximately 68% of the Indian Military’s hardware came from Russia which makes Russia a chief supplier of defense equipment. In Moscow, India is having their embassy and in Saint Petersburg and Vladivostok there are two consulates-general. Russia is having its embassy in New Delhi and four consulates –general in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.

In 2014, as per BBC World Service Poll, 85% Russians view India positively and only 9% Russians express their views negatively. Similarly, in 2017, an opinion poll was made by Moscow- base non-governmental think tank Levada-Center which states that Russians identified India as one of their tops five “friends” with others like Belarus, China, Kazakhstan and Syria.

Political Relations

Russia is one of the countries who is having the mechanism for annual ministerial-level defense reviews with India and only other one is Japan. One of the largest and most comprehensive governmental mechanisms that India has had with any country internationally is Indo-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission (IRIGC) and almost every department from the government of India attends it.

Economic Relations

Bilateral trade is concentrated in key-value chain sectors between both the countries and these sectors include highly diversified segments like machinery, electronics, automobile commercial shipping, chemical, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, apparels, precious stones, industrial metals, petroleum products, coal, high-end tea and coffee products, aerospace. In 2002, bilateral trade stood at $1.5 billion and increased 7 times to $11 billion in 2012 and both governments setting a bilateral trade target of $30 billion by 2025. Bilateral bodies which conduct economic relations include IRIGC, the Indo-Russian Forum on Trade and Investment, the India-Russia Council, the India-Russia Trade, Investment and Technology Promotion Council, the India-Russia CEO’s Council and the India-Russia Chamber of Commerce. 

Indian commodities exports to Russia (2014) 

Product category

Quantity ($ million)

Pharmaceuticals

$819.1

Electronic equipment

$382.3

Machines, engines, pumps

$159.4

Iron and steel

$149.1

Clothing (not knit or crochet)

$135.7

Coffee, tea and spices

$131.7

Tobacco

$113.9

Vehicles

$111.1

Knit or crochet clothing

$97.9

Other food preparations

$77.7

 

Russian commodities exports to India (2014) 

Product category

Quantity ($ million)

Gems, precious metals, coins

$1100.0

Machines, engines, pumps

$707.4

Electronic equipment

$472.7

Fertilizers

$366.8

Medical, technical equipment

$302.7

Oil

$223.8

Iron and steel

$167.4

Paper

$136.8

Inorganic chemicals

$127.4

Salt, sulphur, stone, cement

$105.1

 

Science and Technology

For both India and Russia, the largest co-operation program in this sphere is the ongoing collaboration in the field of science and technology which is under the integration of the Long-term Program of Co-operation (ILTP). From the India side, ILTP is coordinated by the Department of Science and Technology and from the Russia side it is coordinated by the Academy of Sciences, Ministry of Science and Education and Ministry of Industry and Trade. Some of the priority areas of co-operation under the ILTP include development of SARAS Duet aircraft, semiconductor products, supercomputers, poly-vaccines, laser science and technology, seismology, high-purity materials, software & IT and Ayurveda.

Indian Community in Russia

There are 14,000 Indians in Russian Federation. There are about 1,500 Afghan nationals of Indian origin in Russia. There are almost 500 Indian businessmen living in Russia of whom over 200 are working in Moscow. It is estimated that there are about 300 registered Indian companies in Russian. Most Indian businessmen/Companies are involved in trading. Coffee, tea, pharmaceuticals, rice, spices, Tobacco, leather footwear, I.T., granite, and garments are the main products being imported by these companies from India. A small number of Indian people are working for multinational companies in Moscow and some other cities of Russia. Some Indian companies have founded joint ventures in Russia in mineral and food processing as well as pharmaceuticals.

Indian Students in Russia

There are about 4,500 Indian students currently studying in medical and technical institutions in the Russian Federation. About 90% of them students are studying medical studies in about 20 universities/institutions within the country, while the rest are studying engineering, aeronautical designing, computer science, transport technology, management, agriculture and business/financial management.

Holidays in Russia

Name

Dates

Russian New Year

1–6 Jan 2020

Orthodox Christmas Day

7 Jan, 2020

 

Defender of the Fatherland Day

24 Feb, 2020

 Tatiana Day

25 Jan, 2020

International Women's Day

9 Mar, 2020

Labour Day

1 May, 2020

Labour Day

4–5 May 2020

Victory Day

11 May, 2020

Russia Day

12 Jun, 2020

Unity Day

4 Nov, 2020

 

Emergency Numbers

These are some of the emergency numbers of Russia.

Number

Service

Old (active)

101

Fire brigade

01

102

Police

02

103

Ambulance

03

104

Gas service

04

112

General emergency

107

Directory assistance, Rostelecom

07

109

Directory assistance (free, limited info)

09

009

Directory assistance (pay service, 35 rubles/min.) in Moscow

100

Talking clock in Moscow

115

Information on electronic government services

 

Indian Embassy in Russia

Students have to register themselves with the embassy of India after reaching in Russia. It is a very important process for any individual who is going to study or working in Belarus as it is very helpful for the individual in any case of emergency. It is located in Moscow.

Embassy of India, Moscow

Address: - 6-8 VORONTSOVO POLYE STREET MOSCOW (RUSSIA) 105064

The Ministry of External Affairs, the government of India has launched a helpline portal named “MADAD”. The MADAD a portal has recently started a Students’ Registration Module wherein Indian students who are studying abroad can register themselves. A student registration module is available on MADAD portal at http://www.madad.gov.in/AppConsular/welcomeLink

All Indian students in Russia are kindly requested to register themselves on the “MADAD” portal at the earliest. The following officers may be contacted any time in case of any problems faced by Indian students studying in Russia.

Details of Embassy Officials

AMBASSADOR OFFICE

Ambassador

Mr D.B. Venkatesh Varma

amb.moscow@mea.gov.in

+7 (495) 783 7531

Second Secretary/PPS to Ambassador

Mr Arvinder Singh Dutta

amboffice.moscow@mea.gov.in

+7 (495) 783 7531
+7 (495) 916 0552

DEPUTY CHIEF OF MISSION

Deputy Chief of Mission

Mr Binaya Srikanta Pradhan

dcm.moscow@mea.gov.in

+7 (495) 917 5813

MINISTERS

Minister (Education)

Mr Alok Raj

edu.moscow@mea.gov.in

+7 (495) 917 1436

COUNSELLORS

Counsellor (Head of Chancery)

Mr T.J. Suresh

hoc.moscow@mea.gov.in

+7 (495) 545 3524

Counsellor (Coordination)

--

coord.moscow@mea.gov.in

+7 (495) 916 0131

Counsellor (S&T)

Dr. Shishir Shrotriya

snt.moscow@mea.gov.in

+7 (495) 916 0297

Counsellor

Mr Sushanta Das

dt.moscow@mea.gov.in

+7 (495) 234 4052

POLITICAL WING

Second Secretary

Mr Vipin Kumar

pol4.moscow@mea.gov.in

+7 (495) 783 7535 Ext.215

Second Secretary

Mr Vivek Singh

pol2.moscow@mea.gov.in

+7 (495) 783 7535 Ext.224

Second Secretary

Mr Rahul Kumar Rakesh

pol1.moscow@mea.gov.in

+7 (495) 783 7532

Second Secretary

Ms. Mahima Sikand

counsellor.moscow@mea.gov.in

+7 (495) 783 7535 Ext.311

Third Secretary

Mr Naveen Choudhary

n.choudhary18@mea.gov.in

+7 968 765 4511 (M)

Third Secretary

Mr Harveer Singh

harveer.singh18@mea.gov.in

+7 968 765 4434 (M)

Third Secretary

Mr Navodit Veram

navodit.verma18@mea.gov.in

+7 968 765 4418 (M)

Third Secretary

Mr Tejas Sanjay Pagar

tejas.pagar18@mea.gov.in

+7 968 765 4419 (M)

Third Secretary

Mr Phurpa Tsering

phurpa.tsering18@mea.gov.in

+7 968 76 54484 (M)

Third Secretary

Mr Bharat Yadav

bharat.yadav18@mea.gov.in

+7 968 765 4470 (M)

CONSULAR WING

First Secretary

Mr Don K. Jose

cons.moscow@mea.gov.in

+7 (495) 783 7536

Second Secretary

Mr Robin Bhattacharya

sscons.moscow@mea.gov.in

+7 (495) 783 7535 Ext.375

 

Some other details related to Embassy: -

Working Hours: Monday to Friday - 9.30 A.M to 6.00 P.M

Off Days: Saturday and Sunday

List of Holidays on which Embassy will be closed: -

S.No

Holidays

Date

Day

1.

Russian Christmas

07 January

Tuesday

2.

Republic Day

26 January

Sunday

3.

Holi

10 March

Tuesday

4.

Mahavir Jayanti

06 April

Monday

5.

Good Friday

10 April

Friday

6.

Buddha Purnima

07 May

Thursday

7.

Id-ul-Fitr

25 May

Monday

8.

Day of Russia

12 June

Friday

09.

Id-ul-Zuha

01 August

Saturday

10.

Janmashtami

12 August

Wednesday

11.

Independence Day

15 August

Saturday

12.

Muharram

30 August

Sunday

13.

Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday

02 October

Friday

14.

Dussehra

25 October

Sunday

15.

Diwali (Deepavali)

14 November

Saturday

16.

Guru Nanak’s Birthday

30 November

Monday

17.

Christmas Day

25 December

Friday

 

Tourist Visa

Any citizens of the Republic of India need a visa to enter in Russia. 

Visa-free entrance to the Russian Federation is granted to: 

  • citizens of the Republic of India - holders of diplomatic and official passports for a period of up to 90 days; 
  • citizens of the Republic of India - members of aircraft crews. 

From August 8, 2017, citizens of the Republic of India can receive an electronic visa to enter the Russian Federation through border checkpoints located in the territory of the free port of Vladivostok.

From July 1, 2019, citizens of the Republic of India can receive an electronic visa to enter the Russian Federation through border checkpoints located in the territory of the Kaliningrad region.

Starting October 1, 2019, citizens of the Republic of India are able to apply for e-visas to visit St Petersburg and the Leningrad region!

E-visa is a single-entry visa and issued for 30 calendar days from the date of its issuance. The permitted stay in the Russian Federation with an e-visa is up to 8 days starting from the date of entry, within its validity period. E-visa validity and/or the permitted stay under it cannot be extended.

E-visas can be of the following categories only: ordinary business visa (purpose of journey is business), ordinary tourist visa (purpose of journey is tourism), and ordinary humanitarian visa (purposes of journey are sports, cultural, scientific and technological ties). 

If the purpose of your journey to the Russian Federation does not correspond to any of the above, you should apply for a traditional (non electronic) visa at a diplomatic mission or consular office of the Russian Federation. Please note, that E-Visa cannot be issued for WORKING purposes. All E-Visas for WORK Category are fake.

!!! The Russian Embassy in India does not deal with E-visas to Russia. The matter of E-visa issuing is regulated by the Consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. You may proceed to the following web-site: https://evisa.kdmid.ru to receive necessary information regarding the procedure and the rules. 

All other citizens of the Republic of India, depending on the purpose of the trip to the Russian Federation, must apply for a visa in one of the following categories: 

  • business;
  • humanitarian; 
  • tourist; 
  • private; 
  • training; 
  • working; 
  • transit. 

More detailed information on the necessary documents for obtaining a visa to Russia can be found on the website of the Russian Visa Centers in India.

About visa support agencies and errors in e-visa applications for trips to certain regions of the Russian Federation.

I. In order to obtain a Russian visa it is recommended to apply through the official Russian Visa Centers established to enhance the quality of service, as well as to facilitate visa procedure (located in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai). 

Russian Visa Centers are designated by the Russian Consular Institutions and are fully capable of accepting and processing documents required for a Russian visa forwarding them to the Russian Consular Offices from any individuals, organizations or companies (including travel agencies). 

Visa Centers can consult clients on visa application forms and other required documents, processing fees, time and other visa formalities. 

The final decision to issue or refuse a Russian visa lies with the respective Russian Consular Institutions. 

According to the Article 5.3 of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of India on simplification of requirements for mutual travels of certain categories of citizens of the two countries states that the period for taking a decision on a visa application may be extended for up to 30 days, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed. Thus, the passport may be held for the mentioned period.

Russian Visa Centers in India collect service fee. 

The service fee is separate from the consular fee payable to the Russian Consular Institutions. 

II. Companies and organizations, including travel agencies and any other entities applying for visas on behalf of customers or employees, regardless of the purpose of visit to Russia, must apply through the Visa Centers only. 

Individual foreign citizens have the right to apply directly to the Consular Division of the Embassy of the Russian Federation or the nearest Consulate General of the Russian Federation to obtain a visa for themselves and the closest relatives by making a prior appointment via the web portal (http://new_delhi.kdmid.ru/). 

Certain categories of applicants including diplomats and officials can apply directly to the Russian Consular Institutions. 

In order to prevent cases of fraud with the pre-registration system, the consular institution accepts documents only of those, whose personal data were entered into the system during the registration of the application. In case of discrepancy of the information specified in the system with the data of the applicant, whose documents are submitted to the consular institution, they are not accepted for consideration. Only one set of submitted documents can be processed during a one reserved time slot. 

III. If you have any complaints or comments against Russian Visa Centers in India you may address the Consular Division of the Embassy of the Russian Federation at Shantipath, Chanakyaprui, New Delhi-110021, or to the following email: indconru@gmail.com. 

All questions regarding Visa application process and the procedure should be addressed to the Russian Centre – Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Mezzanine Level Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place New Delhi- 110001 

Submission Timings 09:00 - 15:00 (Monday - Friday) 

Collection Timings: 09:00 – 17:00 (Monday - Friday),

E-Visa

I. E-visa characteristics of and conditions for issuing an e-visa

1. An e-visa is only issued for visits to one of the following three regions of the Russian Federation: The Far-Eastern Federal District, or Kaliningrad Oblast, or Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast. An e-visa issued for a visit to one of the three above-listed regions is not valid for visits to other regions of the Russian Federation.

2. An e-visa is free. Invitations, hotel booking confirmations or any other documents that confirm the purpose of your journey to the Russian Federation are not required for an e-visa. The time period for issuing an e-visa is no longer than 4 calendar days from the date of submission of the complete application.

3. E-visa can be used for entering and leaving the Russian Federation at the following checkpoints at the national border of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District, Kaliningrad Oblast, Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast: 

-  air checkpoints «Vladivostok (Knevichy Airport) », «Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (Khomutovo Airport) », «Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo Airport) », «Blagoveschensk», «Khabarovsk (Novy Airport) », «Anadyr (Ugolny Airport) », «Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo)», «Ulan-Ude (Muhino)», «Chita (Kadala)», «Pulkovo»;

- naval checkpoints «Vladivostok», «Zarubino», «Posiet», «Korsakov», «Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky», «Kaliningrad (checkpoints in the cities of Kaliningrad, Baltiysk and Svetly)», «Vysotsk», «Big port Saint Petersburg (Marine Station)», «Passenger port Saint Petersburg»;

- railroad checkpoints «Pogranichny», «Khasan», «Makhalino», «Mamonovo», «Sovetsk»;

- automobile checkpoints «Poltavka», «Turiy Rog», «Bagrationovsk», «Gusev», «Mamonovo (Grzechotki)», «Mamonovo (Gronowo)», «Morskoje», «Pogranichny», «Sovetsk», «Chernyshevskoye», «Ivangorod», «Torfjanovka», «Brusnitchnoe», «Svetogorsk»;

-  pedestrian checkpoint «Ivangorod».

II.Procedure for Filling out an E-Visa Application Form

1.  Your surname, given name(s), and patronymic name (if any) must be indicated in the application form precisely as they are indicated in the first machine-readable line of your passport, irrespective of how they are indicated in the visual zone of the passport.

2.  In the machine-readable line of the passport, the surname always starts with the 6th character of the first line. The surname in the machine-readable line is separated from the given name(s) by the << symbols. The < symbol serves to separate parts of the surname (if there are more than one) and given names (if there are more than one). The patronymic name (if any) is considered one of the given names.

3.  If your surname consists of several parts (words) and they do not fit in the "Surname" field of the application form, you should indicate all the initial parts (words) of your surname that can be entered in full in this field, in the same order and exactly as they appear in the first machine-readable line of your passport. Parts (words) of the surname that could not be entered in full in the "Surname" field of the application form may not be abbreviated and/or entered in the "Given Name(s)" field.

4.  Your given name(s) and patronymic name (if any) must be entered in the "Given Name(s)" field of the application form in the same order and exactly as they are written in the first machine-readable line of your passport, even if they appear in this line as separate letters.

5.  If your passport number contains a symbol that looks like the Latin letter "O", be sure to find it in the first nine symbols of the second machine-readable line of your passport and make sure that it is really the letter "O" and not the digit "0".

6.  If your passport number contains a symbol that looks like the Roman numeral "I", do not indicate the digit "1" in the application – it is not a number but the Latin letter "I".

Please be very careful! Even one incorrect letter or digit in your passport details is a reason for denying entry into the Russian Federation and cancelling your visa at a checkpoint.

III.E-Visa Application Process

1.      Before you fill in your application form, make sure you have the following: 

A web browser with JavaScript. Our website currently supports the following browsers: Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge. We cannot guarantee that the site would function correctly with other browsers.

Software for PDF files viewing and printing. Adobe Acrobat Reader is recommended.

Your valid national passport.

Choose the tips language from the relevant drop-down list. Tips will clarify the meaning of the questions you need to answer. If you have chosen Russian as the tips language all answers to the questions in the application must be entered only in Russian, with the exception of surnames, given names, addresses and names of institutions that are required to be entered in English. If you have chosen English all your answers must be only in English with the use of the Latin alphabet characters.

2. Confirm that you agree to the automatic processing, transfer and storage of data provided in your application for e-visa purposes.

3. To start a new application, click the "Proceed to Fill in the Application" button.

4. To continue filling in, edit, review or print the completed application choose the "Retrieve application" menu item.

5. Enter your personal e-mail address and confirm it, then enter your password for this site and confirm it. Write down your password!

6. Write down or print the Application ID displayed in the top right corner of the page. It will be required to continue your application if the session has been disconnected. To save your draft application, click the "Save the Draft" button. Your e-visa application form will be available within 30 days since its last save.

7. Proceed to fill in the fields of the application. Follow the tips on each page of the application. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required. If you have made any errors while filling in the form or have not filled in the required fields, they will be highlighted and a message will appear under them indicating the error you need to fix.

8. Upload your digital color photo in the JPEG format. The photo must meet the following requirements. 

9. Click the button sending the application and wait for the confirmation of its acceptance for processing.

 

IV.After sending your application

You can use this site to follow up on the status of your application. Once a relevant decision is taken, the status of your application will be changed to “Visa issued” or “Visa denied”. You will be able to download a PDF file with the information concerning the decision on the application thereafter. Automatic messages concerning the status of your application and the decision thereon as well as detailed instructions for further steps will be sent to your personal e-mail.

Download and print the notification with your e-visa. Otherwise, save the information set out in the notification, so that you could visually present it to representatives of a transport company when getting on a vehicle and passport control officers at a national border checkpoint when entering the Russian Federation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not save the PDF file with the result of your application examination on the computer that can be accessed by those who have no permission to view or record your personal data. If you save the file to the hard drive of a public computer, for instance, in an Internet café or a library, other users may find and open it.

If you have not received notification of e-visa grant or e-visa refusal within four days, you can apply for a visa as per standard procedure at a diplomatic mission or consular office of the Russian Federation.


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