Russia considering to favour Indian tourists, travelling in groups through e-Visas
November 13, 2017

Russia considering to favour Indian tourists, travelling in groups through e-Visas
Russia has decided to consider offering e-visas to the Indian tourists who travel in a group. This is a measure to increase the number of Indian tourists from here and thereby intensify contacts between the people. This announcement was made by Vladimir Medinsky, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Russia. The number of Indian tourists to Russia, and the number of Russian tourists, to India, is low. He said that Earlier Russia had introduced group e-visa for South Korea nationals and there was an increase in the flow of tourists by 70 percent in a year.

At present 2, 00,000 Russian tourists visit India and 70,000 Indian tourists visit Russia annually. There is great potential to increase tourism mutually between the two countries and increase the ties between the people. The Minister is presently visiting Indian dignitaries to screen popular Russian movies in Indian cities like Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.

He aims to return with the glory of strong culture which existed between the Soviet Union and India in the past. He also informed about a film production titled ‘Travelling into India’ to be launched by Russia to show India to the world. Similar productions were done in the past like ‘Traveling into China’. 

Indo-Russian joint production of movies is an issue here and there will be an Inter-Governmental Agreement for joint production signed by them. The Russian Minister talked to the Minister of Culture Mahesh Sharma.

The third version of Russian Film Days, which is an initiative for a strong relationship between India and Russia, through an exchange in the cinema and culture spheres, will happen by paying a special tribute to the Indian star Raj Kapoor. The film festival was opened with a theatrical performance dedicated to Raj Kapoor and his film Mera Naam Joker was screened.  The festival also featured the drama titled The Bolshoi by Valery Todorovsky which depicts the struggle to perform by a young ballerina. In the festival the people of Delhi can watch 'Attraction', 'The Bolshoi', 'Yana + Yanko', 'Kitchen: World chef battle', and' The Ghost of Sonora', also screened at different locales.

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