Russia to Release Indian Citizens Enlisted in Its Army

Written By Lisa Murimi

Russia has committed to the early release of Indian citizens enlisted in its army, following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Moscow. Modi raised the issue with President Vladimir Putin, prompting the announcement from Russia.

India’s foreign ministry reported that many Indians were lured to Russia with promises of non-combat jobs but were later forced into active combat in Ukraine. This has resulted in the deaths of at least four Indians. Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra stated that Modi “strongly raised the issue of early discharge” of Indians who had been “misled into the service of the Russian army.”

“The Russian side promised early discharge of all Indian nationals from the service of the Russian army,” Kwatra said, noting that there are approximately 35-50 Indians in the Russian forces, with 10 already returned to India. Efforts are underway to bring back the remaining individuals.

Indians caught in this situation revealed they were deceived by agents with promises of money and Russian citizenship. Most of these men, from poor families, were promised jobs as “helpers” in the Russian army.

India’s foreign ministry has been pressing the Russian authorities to expedite the return of its citizens, emphasizing this as a “matter of deep concern.”

During Modi’s two-day visit to Russia, he also discussed enhancing bilateral cooperation in nine key areas, including nuclear energy and medicine, and set a target to boost trade to $100 billion by 2030.