The diplomatic relationship between the Russian Federation and Nepal was established on 20 July 1956. the former USSR provided a large number of scholarships to Nepalese students many of whom are now assuming important positions in Nepal. Since 1992, Nepalese students have been going to Russia for higher studies on a self-finance basis. The Russian Federation has also been providing a limited number of scholarships to Nepalese students in the fields of medicine and engineering. But this is not the only support the Russian Federation has given to Nepal.
Ever since the Government of Nepal announced Visit Nepal Year 2020, the Embassy of the Russian Federation has been supporting the campaign. During SKATE NEPAL, the Figure Skating and Ice Hockey Exhibition that took place in Gokyo Lake III on February 14, Russian athletes participated with the help of the embassy. The two Russian Ice Hockey players, Dmitriy Dudarev and Aleksandr Chekashev have played in various Ice Hockey leagues and Sergey Voronov, a figure skater is also the winner of the 2017 ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy.
Similarly, the Embassy of Russia was able to bring a team of Karate Champions to visit Nepal and have a show along with joint training with Nepali Karate sportsmen from the Police Academy and National Karate Federation as well as those from Pokhara and from the Military Academy. The team of Karate Champions from Russia included Vasiliy Savranskiy – a repeated champion of Russia, 5 times champion of Europe, 7 times champion of the World, 8th dan (rank) and the President of Fudokan karate association of Russia, Vladimir Rahinskiy – a repeated champion of the World and Europe, 4th dan (rank), Egor Savranskiy – master of Fudokan karate, 1st dan (rank), Vitaly Taranin – 2 times champion of the World, 3 times champion of Europe, 6 times champion of Russia, 4th dan (rank) and Yuri Mkoyan – 8 times champion of Russia, silver medalist of World and Europe championships (2nd dan).
Similarly, during the starting of March, Mr. Marat Nevlutov, a repeated yachting champion from Russia visited Nepal to explore the opportunities for yachting activities, via an invitation from the Embassy of the Russian Federation. Although many people assume that yachting is not a sport for a landlocked country like Nepal, Mr. Nevlutov shared that the sport can also be organized in lakes and ponds. Read our interview with Mr. Nevlutov here: https://visitnepalnews.gov.np/en/archives/4459
Ever since the launch of the campaign, the embassy has been helping in many ways to not only support the campaign but also promote Nepal in Russia as a tourist destination. One of the reasons why the campaign has seen many Russian athletes’ visits within the first two months is that Nepal can be developed and promoted as a sports tourism destination, especially focusing on adventure sports like yachting and rafting. To add more to the support, Russia’s Foreign Minister is also planning to visit the country, exploring various activities like rafting and a day out in Pokhara.
The Visit Nepal Year 2020 Secretariat and the Government of Nepal are very much grateful for the constant support of the Russian Federation towards the campaign, through the exchange of ideas and collaboration between the two countries and the promotion of Nepal in Russia as a tourism destination.