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Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Chennai

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Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Southern India
Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Chennai
ரஷ்யத் துணைதூதரகம், சென்னை
Sergey L. Kotov

since 28 May 2014
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Style Consul general
Deputy Alexey O. Vaskov

The Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Chennai represents the interests of the Russian government in the southern region of India. The other missions are the Embassy of the Russian Federation in New Delhi and the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Kolkata and Mumbai. The current Consul General is Sergey L. Kotov, incumbent since 28 May 2014. He succeeds Nikolay A. Listopadov.


The Consulate General is located at 14 Santhome High Road, Mylapore, near the Marina Beach. The Russian Cultural Centre, the Cultural Department of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Chennai, is located at 27, Kasturi Ranga Road, Alwarpet.


The Russian Consulate in Chennai administrates the consular functions in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, and the Union Territory of Puducherry.[1] As of 2009, the consulate handles around 10 to 15 percent of the total visa applicants to Russia. Over 1,600 people applied for visas to Russia in 2008, an increase of nearly 7 percent from the previous year, a majority of which were business visas (36.9 percent), students visas and tourists visas.[2]

In December 2014, a new specialised Russian visa application centre was opened in the city at 74 Kasturi Ranga Road, Alwarpet, along with three such centres in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata.[3]

List of consul generals

  • Mikhail M Mgeladze
  • Vladislav V. Antonyuk
  • Nikolay A. Listopadov (–May 2014)
  • Sergey L. Kotov (May 2014–Present)

Russian Centre of Science and Culture

Russian Centre of Science and Culture (formerly known as House of Soviet Cultural Centre) was established in 1972 to promote cultural relationship between peoples of India and Russian. The present director of the centre is Vladimir Mariy. The centre has an auditorium, an art gallery situated on the ground floor hosting various exhibitions of arts and paintings, a conference hall with a seating capacity of 600 to 70 seats situated on the second floor to hold seminars and conferences and a library. The library consists of about 20,000 books, including a collection of Russian classical literature and rare translations of Russian authors, besides Russian newspapers and periodicals.

In 2010, the Russian Centre of Science and Culture started Russian language training programmes for college students through video conferencing.[4]

See also

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  1. ^ "Russians in Chennai vote in Presidential poll". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). 3 March 2008. Retrieved 8 Feb 2012. 
  2. ^ "Processing time for Russian visas". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). 30 July 2009. Retrieved 9 Feb 2012. 
  3. ^ Belli, Alessandro (10 December 2014). "Specialised Russian Visa centres opened in four Indian cities". Russia & India Report (RIR). Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Russian language programmes through videoconferencing soon". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). 14 August 2010. Retrieved 9 Feb 2012. 

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