Russian consul: Russian tourists treated badly in Goa


NEW DELHI – A Russian consul in India has complained the way Russian tourists are treated in the Indian tourist resort of Goa, according to a report by the Indo-Asian News Service on Wednesday.

Russian Consul General Alexander Mantytsky Tuesday drew a parallel between the attacks on Russian tourists in Goa and the racial attacks on students of Indian origin in Australia, pointing out the rising number of crimes against foreigners, especially Russians, in the former Portuguese enclave in India, according to the report.

Some overseas Indian students in Australia were attacked by young hooligans over the past few weeks, triggering anger and accusation of racism by New Delhi.

The Russian diplomat said that the police machinery in Goa was inefficient and has failed to answer periodical updates sought by the Russian authorities in eight cases involving Russians, who have either died in Goa or have been victims of crimes, according to the report.

Mantytsky has met with Goa’s top police officers in connection with the death of 19-year-old Russian teenager Elena Sukhonova, whose mutilated body was found on railway tracks last month.

Some 44,000 Russians have been visiting Goa this year, compared with the 41,000 last year, according to the Russian diplomat.