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History of Russia-India Bilateral Relations in Photos

Arrival of Mr Kirill Novikov, First Ambassador of the USSR to the Republic of India, with his wife and son to the New Delhi airport. December 21, 1947.

Dr. Rajendra Prasad, President of India, with Soviet Ambassador, Mr Kirill Novikov, at the reception held in New Delhi to celebrate the 34th  Anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution. November 7, 1951.   

After a ballet performance given by the Soviet Cultural Delegation at the Regal, New Delhi. January 29, 1954.

Members of the Soviet Cultural Delegation with Prime Minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, at his residence Teen Murti Bhavan. New Delhi, January 28, 1954.

Mr Nikolai Bulganin, Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers, and Mr Nikita Khrushchev, First Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee, arriving for an official reception to the Hyderabad House, New Delhi. November 1955. 

Drinking coconut water on their way to Ooty. November 1955.

Mr Nikita Khrushchev and Nikolai Bulganin along with Sadar-i-Riyasat Shri Karan Singh and Prime Minister, Shri Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad, driven in a car through the streets of Srinagar in a procession during the visit to Kashmir. December 1955. 

Prime Minister, Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, and Mr Nikolai Bulganin signing an agreement in the presence of distinguished diplomats in New Delhi. Mr Nikita Khrushchev is on the extreme right (sitting). December 13, 1955. 

Shri Jawaharlal Nehru receiving a cow - a gift from the Soviet Government. Soviet Ambassador Ivan Benedictov is seen beside the Prime Minister, feeding the record milk-producing cow. March 27, 1960.

Scene from the film “Pardesi ”, 1958. Soviet actor Oleg Strizhenov as Russian merchant Afanasy Nikitin, who reached India even before Vasco da Gama.

Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin – first man who flew into space – with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, on his arrival to New Delhi, 1961. 

Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman who flew into space, talking to Indian Prime Minister, Shri Jawaharlal Nehru. Ambassador of the USSR to the Republic of India, Mr Ivan Benediktov is in the center. New Delhi, 1963. Photo RIA Novosti. 

Mr Alexey Kosygin, Chairmam of the USSR Council of Ministers, greeted by Mrs Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, on his arrival to New Delhi, 1968. 

Children of Soviet specialists with Indian children at the Bokaro Steel Plant. 1974. Photo Oleg Ivanov.

General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee, Mr Leonid Brezhnev speaking at a Rashtrapati Bhavan reception. New Delhi, November, 1973.

Mrs Indira Gandhi and her grandson Rahul with Ambassador Viktor .Maltsev at the “Ramayana” performance of by visiting Soviet artists. New Delhi, 1976.

Members of the Soviet-Indian space crew: Hero of the Soviet Union Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR Gennady Strekalov, Indian Cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma and Hero of the Soviet Union Pilot-Cosmonaut of the USSR Yury Malyshev (left to right) at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre. 1984. Photo Alexander Mokletsov.

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raisa with Indian President Gyani Zail Singh and K.C.Pant. Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, November 1986. 

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raisa with K.C.Pant planting a sapling at Raj Ghat. New Delhi, November 1986.

Inauguration of the festival of the USSR in India. New Delhi, 1987.

Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi, receiving Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, on his arrival for an official visit. New Delhi, November 1988.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Flowers laying ceremony at Raj Ghat. 1993

Russian President Boris Yeltsin, with President of India, Shri Shankar Dayal Sharma, at a reception in Rashtrapati Bhavan. 1993.

The solemn reception ceremony at the Presidential Palace Rashtrapati Bhawan to honor the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin during his official visit to India in 2000. Photo Sergei Velichkin and Vladimir Rodionov.

Indo-Russian joint military exercises Indra-2005, India. Photo RIA Novosti.

Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Federal Nuclear Power Agency (Rosatom), Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh (left to right) during the signing of bilateral documents. New Delhi, 2007. Photo Dmitry Astakhov.

Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and indian President Pratibha Patil (from left to right) during the official welcoming ceremony on the square in front of the Presidential Palace Rashtrapati Bhavan. December 5, 2008.

Inauguration of Svyatoslav Roerich painting exhibition by the Chief Minister of Karnataka S.M. Krishna and Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin at Chitrakala Parishath Gallery. Bangalore, 2003.

President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting at the annual Russian-Indian Summit. Hyderabad House, New Delhi, December 11, 2014. 

Visit of Russian Defence Minister Sergei K.Shoigu to New Delhi. January 21, 2015.

Ambassador Alexander Kadakin, Vice-President of the IRMT, Mr Rakesh Kanwar, DC Kullu, Director, IRMT, and Ms Larisa V.Surgina, Russian curator, IRMT, watching a cultural programme at the annual Russian-Indian festival at the IRMT, Naggar. Kullu Valley, October 2014.     

Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev and Indian Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan at the Embassy Reception within Days of Moscow in India. November 2019.