Rooppur: A piece of Russia in Bangladesh

  • Just as the people of Rooppur have embraced the Russian language and culture, the Russians there have also immersed themselves into the Bengali culture, fostering fraternal relations between the two groups. Photo: Reazul Bashar

    Just as the people of Rooppur have embraced the Russian language and culture, the Russians there have also immersed themselves into the Bengali culture, fostering fraternal relations between the two groups. Photo: Reazul Bashar

  • With thousands of Russians working on the country's first nuclear power plant project, the business landscape in Rooppur has begun to change. Photo: Reazul Bashar

    With thousands of Russians working on the country's first nuclear power plant project, the business landscape in Rooppur has begun to change. Photo: Reazul Bashar

  • With thousands of Russians working on the country's first nuclear power plant project, the business landscape in Rooppur has begun to change. Photo: Reazul Bashar

    With thousands of Russians working on the country's first nuclear power plant project, the business landscape in Rooppur has begun to change. Photo: Reazul Bashar

  • Ishwardi's Rooppur has transformed into a 'mini Russia' over the last few years. From shopping malls to small stalls, all the signboards are now written in Russian alongside Bangla and English. Photo: Habib Imran

    Ishwardi's Rooppur has transformed into a 'mini Russia' over the last few years. From shopping malls to small stalls, all the signboards are now written in Russian alongside Bangla and English. Photo: Habib Imran

  • Ishwardi's Rooppur has transformed into a 'mini Russia' over the last few years. From shopping malls to small stalls, all the signboards are now written in Russian alongside Bangla and English. Photo: Reazul Bashar

    Ishwardi's Rooppur has transformed into a 'mini Russia' over the last few years. From shopping malls to small stalls, all the signboards are now written in Russian alongside Bangla and English. Photo: Reazul Bashar

  • A Russian national working at the nuclear power plant in Pabna is shopping for necessities at a market in Rooppur. Photo: Reazul Bashar

    A Russian national working at the nuclear power plant in Pabna is shopping for necessities at a market in Rooppur. Photo: Reazul Bashar

  • Russians working at a nuclear power plant in Pabna are busy shopping at a market in Rooppur. Photo: Reazul Bashar

    Russians working at a nuclear power plant in Pabna are busy shopping at a market in Rooppur. Photo: Reazul Bashar

  • The presence of thousands of Russians working at the Rooppur nuclear power plant on the banks of the Padma River in Pabna is having a marked impact on the local economy and way of life. Photo: Reazul Bashar

    The presence of thousands of Russians working at the Rooppur nuclear power plant on the banks of the Padma River in Pabna is having a marked impact on the local economy and way of life. Photo: Reazul Bashar