The Embassy and its history
Diplomatic relations between the USSR and the Republic of India were established on April 13, 1947.
In the 1930s the Embassy was located at the former residence of the Maharajas of Travancore in New Delhi - Travancore House on Curzon Road (now Kasturba Gandhi Marg), in a prestigious part of the city, not far from India Gate.
A few years later, the authorities of India, which expanded international contacts, decided to create a diplomatic settlement Chanakyapuri. The barren, rocky plain, stretching literally a kilometer from the President Palace (Rashtrapati Bhawan), was divided into quarters and trees were planted along the avenues. The Soviet Union was given two plots (No. 4 and No. 6/7) with a total area of 22 acres.
In September 1955, the USSR Council of Ministers adopted Resolution No. 1742-941 “On the construction of buildings of the USSR Embassy in India”. In February 1956 an agreement on inheritance lease was concluded.
In 1958, the Embassy saw the construction of the Embassy and Trade representation offices, residential buildings, a club-dining room, a swimming pool, a sports hall and sports grounds with showers, fountains and a greenhouse. Major works were completed in 1960.
“It was generally agreed among the entire Indian observers and specialists that erected buildings are an example of a good architectural ensemble, created with a good quality of work,” the admission committee summarized.