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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spicing Up Moscow Life

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Many Indian expatriates in Moscow are long-standing residents, although some come to work on short-term contracts. The community gets together for cultural and business events, as well as to celebrate religious holidays.

At a recent gathering at the Indian Embassy, organized by the city's Indian Association to celebrate Christmas and New Year's, Russians performed Indian folk dances and songs, followed by a buffet. Some in the audience were temporary visitors -- such as a group of engineers working on a nuclear power plant here -- while other had spent more than a decade in Russia.

Jain Shah, a chef who has worked in Moscow since 1993, said he rarely attended such get-togethers and generally lives as Russians do, although he sometimes shops at Indian Spices and also brings some ingredients back from trips to India. His companion, Hari Shankar, a chef who works in a company canteen, chose to speak Russian rather than English. He said he also shopped at Indian Spices on Ul. Miklukho-Maklaya. After living in Delhi, the hardest thing is getting used to the cold, he said.

Abay Kumar said he had lived in Russia for more than 12 years, first studying at the University of People's Friendship, then working for a pharmaceutical company. He often attends such cultural events and meetings of the Indian Business Alliance. He spoke of "very kindly" relations between India and Russia, but said the number of Indians in Moscow is falling due to "the situation with security" and the economic boom in India.

His tip for the city's best Indian restaurant is Maharaja. "It's quite similar to India," he said.