Russia as asked its citizens to avoid traveling to India and Goa due to security reasons in its latest travel advisory.
India has been struck off the list of safe travel destinations in the Russia's recent list of safe travel destinations.
According to a report by Times of India, the Russian information centre in Goa stated that the revised travel advisory had been issued following the blacklisting of Egypt and Turkey.
Cuba, south Vietnam and southern China have been put under the 'safe' category in the list.
Russians constitute almost half of the total foreign visitor in Goa. Since 2002, the number of Russian tourists has been on the rise steadily. In 2013, the number of Russian tourists visiting Goa was 250,000.
"Both India and Goa were not considered as good destinations for Russian travellers," the report quoted Ekaterina Belyakova, head of the Russian information centre. "Over the past few years, the number of Russian tourists was not less than 50% of all foreign tourists visiting Goa. Since 2002, the number of Russian-speaking tourists has grown steadily."
The Russians were quick to add that the removal of Goa from the safe list was not connected to terror attacks but some ugly local incidents. The Russian information centre also pointed out that affordability was another reason behind falling Russian arrivals to Goa.