Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Sri Lanka were established on February 19, 1957. But the history of Russian – Sri Lankan relations have started much earlier. Russian Consulate was established in Galle in 1891. And the first Russians appeared in Ceylon in mid XIX century. One of them, Count Saltykov, visited this island twice – in 1841 and in 1845-46. This well-known traveller and artist had summoned his observations in a book published in Russia and in France and illustrated with his unique pencil-paintings. Professor Minaev, world-known Russian expert on Buddhism, “discovered” Ceylon for Russian oriental studies. His books are still unique because of their widest range of historical and ethnographical data about Sri Lanka.
In late XIX century well-known Russian writers Anton Chekhov and Ivan Bunin visited Ceylon at the end of the century. The latter, having been so impressed by Anuradhapura, compared the ancient capital of Lanka with the fascination and magnificence of Russian Cultural Center is successfully operating in Colombo providing Lankan children with Russian ballet and chess training, art and musical education. Paris. One of the first notices about the Tooth Relic in Kandy was given to Russians by Countess Mescherskaya: having travelled in India she had the chance to tour Ceylon too.
Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Sri Lanka were established on February 19, 1957. But the history of Russian – Sri Lankan relations have started much earlier.
Russian Consulate was established in Galle in 1892. And the first Russians appeared in Ceylon in mid XIX century. The solid base for the mutual business interests was laid down in the 60s and 70s of XX century by the package of bilateral agreements worked out and signed by our countries in spheres of trade and economy, science technology and culture. Simultaneously Moscow and Colombo reached the agreement on opening of air and sea travel routes and on training of national Lankan specialists in the USSR. In those years the Soviet Union assisted Sri Lanka in constructing of the metallurgical plant in Oruwella, the tyre – producing enterprise in Kelaniya, milling and house constructing plants. Since mid 70s Soviet experts began drilling for crude oil in the island. At the same time large shipments of refined oil and oil products were delivered to Sri Lanka. During the years of our bilateral relations thousands of Lankan students have graduated from universities of the Soviet Union and then Russia in medicine, engineering, education, etc. In 1959 the Friendship Society with Sri Lanka was established in Moscow. The powerful impetus to the further expansion of mutual relations had been given by the visits to the USSR by the then Prime Minister of Sri Lanka H.E. Mrs. S. Bandaranaike in 1963 and in 1974.
In 2006, H.E. Udayanga Weeratunga, Ambassador introduced the registration procedure for Sri Lankans who are in CIS countries. This helps to keep track on all Sri Lankans including students in CIS countries. As a part of this program, registered citizens received a registration card issued by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Russian Federation. This process enables to contact all Sri Lankan Diaspora in any emergency.
This website previous Embassy of Sri Lanka in Russia, information abut Embassy:-
Embassy of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Russia
Address: 24, Schepkina str., Moscow, 129090 Russia
Tel.: +7 (495) 688-16-20, 688-16-51, 688-14-63 Fax: +7 (495) 688-17-57
Embassy’s working hours from 09.00 till 17.00, Lunch time from 13.00 till 14.00