Sunday, 7 August, 2022

Topic: Russia

Here’s why a leading Russian hypersonic missile developer was arrested for treason 

The 55-year-old Alexander Shiplyuk, the director of the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, was arrested by the FSB.

Russia sends US basketball star Brittney Griner to 9 yrs in jail, ‘unacceptable’ says Biden

Verdict comes 6 months after the Olympic gold medallist was arrested on charges of smuggling in less than 1 gram of cannabis oil in her luggage.

The 3 Indians on Ukraine’s blacklist are not Kremlin stooges, their views are just outdated

Saeed Naqvi is a nostalgist for the morality of the non-aligned world. Sam Pitroda, who has an unreadable book to sell, is just a blind Gandhi family follower.

Natural gas is Europe’s Achilles heel. Russia to Germany—everyone’s desperate to diversify

Putin has a clear edge because turning off gas taps will send shockwaves across European industries, further deepening the global economic crisis.

US ready to offer ‘merchant of death’ in prisoner swap with Russia, says CNN report

Joe Biden administration has proposed a 'substantial offer' to Russia to bring back two Americans detained in Russia. Details of the offer have not been made public.

Will Russia feel the pinch as EU pledges to cut gas use by 15%? Data suggests otherwise

Russia accounted for 43% of gas imported by the EU in 2020 and 45% in 2021 — given the scale of the imports, EU finding a substitute, and quickly, seems highly unlikely.

Free trade is passé. US, Russia just made trade all about friends and foes

Is India a friend or a foe for the US? Is being antagonistic to China and Russia necessary? Compulsions of an interdependent world are making ‘foes’ into friends.

SubscriberWrites: The war in Ukraine is benefitting no one. Russia too will only lose resources

Physical re-building and re-engagement in international commerce will take a long time to stabilise, writes Jyoti Lahiri.

Payback? Turkey’s Erdogan keeps Putin waiting ‘awkwardly’ in front of media

The clip, which has now gone viral, shows Putin fidgeting uncomfortably as he waits for Erdogan. The Turkish media wondered if it was revenge by Turkish leader for a 2020 meeting.

Why ‘Natoisation’ of Sweden and Finland is bad news for Putin

Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO is not sudden. Despite official neutrality, they have been close NATO partners for decades.

On Camera


A Kia Sonet in India, 2020 | Wikimedia Commons

Pandemic, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, naysayers —Kia Motors entered India and beat all

Kia Motors claims to have sold over 5 lakh cars in India in just under 3 years. With new EV6 lined up, will the future be as electric for the Korean company?
Wheat being harvested at a village near Amritsar in Punjab | Representational image | ANI

Willing to ‘feed the world’ by summer, India may have to import wheat come winter

With wheat prices soaring, the government may have to slash import duty and impose stock limits, say traders and analysts.


The Flying Dolphin — how a former Indian Navy submariner qualified as a commercial pilot 

Vivek Chaudhary retired from the Indian Navy in 2017 after serving on the  Short-Service Commission. After that, his dreams took flight. 

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.