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All’s not well in Putin’s Russia and Moscow’s elections revealed the cracks

Russian voters are looking beyond President Putin and Putinism for solutions to everyday problems.
Russian president,Vladimir Putin, ~Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Vladimir Putin is running out of options to stay in power: Leonid Bershidsky

There are 4 scenarios through which Vladimir Putin can retain power beyond the constitutional limits, including parliamentary reform and an economic merger with Belarus, but they don't seem viable.

A third of Russian households can’t buy more than two pairs of shoes a year

US-China trade talks enter 'final stages', and coming soon, a complete list of BRI projects.

GLOBAL PULSE: China’s ‘Globalisation 2.0’, London’s global banker status under Brexit threat, and Spain wants to exhume Franco

CHINA IS THE NEW CHAMPION OF GLOBALIZATION China is one of the few countries in the world today with money to spend, and Xi Jinping is ready to write some checks. It is called Globalization 2.0.

Global Pulse: Chemical attacks on Russian opponents, Trump embraces too many strongmen

MYSTERIOUS CHEMICAL ATTACKS ON RUSSIAN ACTIVISTS Activists and opponents of President Vladimir Putin continue to be targeted in mysterious attacks in Russia.

On Camera

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Why music’s last best hope lies in live-streaming

Live performances have been one of the few ways for musicians to make money after cheap streaming services undermined sales of most recorded music. And then Covid shut that down.
Representational image of a deserted market during the 2019 shutdown in Srinagar, Kashmir | Photo: PTI

Internet shutdowns, pandemic have cost Kashmir Rs 40,000 cr, 5 lakh jobs, says industry head

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said the 2G internet currently available in the region is not enough for many businesses.

Defence

Representational image. A file photo of light Sprut-SDM1 tank in Moscow. | Photo: Commons

Russia offers India Sprut lightweight tanks amid stand-off with China

Russia's offer comes as China has deployed Type 15 light tanks while India has relied on the heavier battle tanks. Talks are on, but no immediate purchase is on the cards.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.