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File photo | External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar during a meeting with Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow | PTI

Taking Russia’s help on China and US on Maldives — a new Indian realism is underway

This has been an exciting week for Indian foreign policy as Modi’s India seeks post-ideological help to forge new ground.
External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar with his Russian and Chinese counterparts Sergei Lavrov (C) and Wang Yi (R) during the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, in Moscow on Thursday. | ANI

Russia welcomes India-China’s decision to de-escalate border tensions

Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow was happy it could provide India and China a platform for a "very well-timed" meeting.

Indian media’s misplaced focus, ‘power’ of initials in BMC and Russia’s vaccine superpower

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US President Donald Trump speaks during the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, 24 Sept | Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Why Trump’s troop reduction in Iraq is good for Iran, Russia and Syria

Trump's move to cut troop levels in Iraq to 3,000 will embolden the Islamic State and give Iranian leaders a strong talking point. But it won't save blood or treasure.
Plastic packets of ampoules containing the two components of the 'Gam-COVID-Vac' COVID-19 vaccine, trade name Sputnik V, developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) | Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

Russia’s RDIF in talks with 3 Indian pharmas for Sputnik vaccine, govt to help in case of deal

The Russian Direct Investment Fund is talking to Zydus Cadilla, Wockhardt and Reliance Lifesciences for manufacturing and trials of Sputnik V in India.
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Why people from Russia, Poland and Hungary don’t want a Covid-19 vaccine

A new study, which covers nearly 20,000 adults in 27 countries, reveals where in the world the take-up for a Covid vaccine would be the strongest.
Lab technicians use microscope during production of the 'Gam-COVID-Vac' COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), in Zelenograd, Russia | Bloomberg

Russian Covid vaccine produces immune response, no serious adverse effects, Lancet reports

The peer-reviewed data bolsters Russia’s prospects in the vaccine race, despite global criticism over the shot being approved before undergoing wider phase 3 trials.
Alexey Navalny, Russian opposition leader, walks with demonstrators during a rally in Moscow, Russia in 2019. | Bloomberg

All about Novichok, the Soviet-era nerve agent used to poison Putin critic Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny, prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was airlifted to Berlin after he fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia last month. He has been in coma since.
US President Donald Trump with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, 9 November 2017. | Colin G/Twitter

Why Trump’s attempt to fix China through sanctions is destined to fail

Western experience with Russia suggests Washington's efforts to force a change of behaviour are unlikely to succeed, even if the measures remain in place for years.
File photo of Alexei Navalny | Commons

Putin critic Alexei Navalny is latest Russian dissident to be poisoned & why Belarus on fire

In episode 558 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta talks about Russia's history with dissenters that often ends in poisonings, and the role of Belarus in all this.

On Camera

File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Jaishankar’s moment to help Modi reset ties with Bangladesh, bury Shah’s ‘termite’ episode

Modi realises the India-Bangladesh relationship is special and wants to refurbish the bond that has been fraying since Amit Shah described illegal Bangladeshis as 'termites'.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo | Vivek Prakash | Bloomberg

MPC appointments delay is unusual, but vacancies at the top of RBI & banks almost a norm

In the last few years, delay in appointments has resulted in several posts in regulatory bodies and public sector banks lying vacant for months.

Defence

File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian Army equips troops with American assault rifles amid stand-off with China in Ladakh

The Defence Acquisition Council Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of additional 72,400 SIG 716 rifles at an estimated cost of Rs 780 crore.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.