At the invitation of the Russian party, the Gampaha Wickramarachchi University of Indigenous Medicine (GWUIM) representatives visited the UI. Y. Yakovlev Chuvash State Pedagogical University (ChSPU), Russia, from 22 to 27 April 2023. Earlier this year the two Universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding and the Russian Cultural and Language Centre named after UI. Y. Yakovlev was opened on the platform of GWUIM.

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The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Moscow celebrated Vesak on 05 May 2023 by offering 'Gilanpasa & Buddha pooja'. The Embassy premises was decorated with colourful Vesak lanterns, Buddhist flags and lights.


In the middle of April the Saint Petersburg branch of the Russia-Sri-Lanka Friendship Society celebrated Sinhala and Tamil New Year - 2023. The Society invited the citizens and guests of Saint Petersburg to share the holiday with them, told the visitors about Sri Lanka, its history and customs and treated them with traditional Sri Lankan New Year dishes, as well as famous Ceylon tea.