There is much evidence—archeological and linguistic—to support the notion that the ancient Vedic (Aryan) civilization was spread far beyond India, and that it was much earlier than the civilizations we have been taught to believe were the first.
Controversial historian and author P.N. Oak has pushed the idea that the glorious Vedic civilization was at one time spread all over the world and it preceded the Greek and even the Egyptian and Babylonian epochs.
Vishnu Idol Found in Russia
In 2007, during an excavation in an abandoned village in the Volga region of Russia, archaeologists excavated an ancient Vishnu idol. The idol dates from between the 7th and 10th centuries, was found in Staraya Maina village which is much older than Kiev, so far believed to be the mother of all Russian cities. The Times of India reported that this discovery raised questions about the prevalent view of the origin of ancient Russia.
The Vishnu idol is depicted with a hammer in one left hand while the deconglated seventh arm on the right side holds a reticulated sickle.
In the Rig Veda, there is a passage that goes:
Itham ascati pasyat syantham, ekam starayath mainaa-kaalam.
This translates into Staraya Maina is the name of the land of the 45 rivers (on whose banks the noble Rishis conducted the famous Horse Sacrifices), where the sun god descends.
The period 6-7th century also marked flourishing trade ventures by Indian rulers. Palas in the North and Cholas in the South were enterprising dynasties. During their times the Indian influence through trade spread to Far East and to regions beyond the mountainous border.
According to a 2010 religious census population of Hindu in Russia is 140,000.