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Alexei Navalny

Putin critic Alexey Navalny, poisoned by nerve agent Novichok, discharged from Berlin hospital

Physicians believe Navalny could make a full recovery from the Novichok poisoning, but say it's too early to gauge if there will be any potential long-term effects.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Vladimir Putin, at Sochi, Russia | PTI

India wants Russia to join Indo-Pacific initiative to signal it’s not just a US-centric plan

New Delhi and Moscow have been looking to better ties, which have slowed in the past decade, with Russian President Vladimir Putin expected to visit India this October.
Alok Nirantar | Twitter

Poor students fall behind in online race & condolence messages for flood victims

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

Putin cemented his future, but Russia faces key hurdles ahead — from economy to foreign policy

Putin can now stay in power for another two terms — until 2036. At that point, aged 83, he will have been in power a decade longer than Josef Stalin.
Vladimir Putin

Taliban bounties to kill Americans would be a new low even for Putin

If the bounty reports are accurate, the US should consider revising sanctions on individuals at senior levels of Russian government, including Putin himself.
Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, speaks during the "Business Russia" conference in Moscow, Russia

Vladimir Putin signals he may seek to amend constitution to run for 5th presidential term

Russia will on 1 July vote on sweeping changes to its constitution, including reseting the term limit of Putin, 67, who has already served four terms.
US president Donald Trump

Trump explained his plan to expand G7 to add Russia, India and others, to Putin

Trump wants to invite leaders from Russia, Australia, India and South Korea to attend the G-7 meeting, calling the current setup ‘outdated’.
Also read: Sandwiched between Xi, Putin, Imran in Bishkek, Modi learnt an important political lesson

Modi in Vladivostok, India & Russia eye mega defence, civil nuclear & energy deals

PM Modi is in Russia to attend the 5th Eastern Economic Forum. Several pacts are expected to be signed during the visit.
Decaying personal items sit on the floor of a house abandoned following the Chernobyl nuclear reactor meltdown | Photographer: Vincent Mundy | Bloomberg

Chernobyl lessons unlearned: Russia hides another nuclear leak

On 26 July, a large group of experts published a paper attributing a radiation cloud that spread over Europe in 2017 to an undeclared accident in Russia.
File photo of Vladimir Putin | Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Putin’s wrong on liberalism, but so are liberals themselves

The two liberalisms - one offering genuine human freedom, the other entrapping humans in ruthless market mechanisms - are fundamentally in conflict.

On Camera

File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Facebook/NitishKumarJDU

The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.
RBI

RBI reschedules Monetary Policy Committee meeting, new dates to be announced soon

The panel was scheduled to meet for three days beginning 29 September for RBI's bi-monthly monetary policy review. RBI did not give any reason for rescheduling the meet.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
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.