China’s economic forays in Central Asia gives rise to discomfiture in Moscow

China’s economic forays in Central Asia gives rise to discomfiture in Moscow

China’s economic forays into resource rich Central Asia, a region which shares deep historical, political and economic ties with Moscow, has created certain discomfiture in the Russian establishment. In a recent trade meet in Uzbekistan a Russian trade official emphasised that Russia and China were “equal partners with an equal share in trade turnover” in … Read more

How Western sanctions are strangling Vladimir Putin’s Arctic gas ambitions

How Western sanctions are strangling Vladimir Putin’s Arctic gas ambitions

Russia’s fortress economy has proved remarkably resilient to an onslaught of Western sanctions. Two years after the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine, it continues to fund a costly war and to prop up President Vladimir Putin. But there’s at least one spot where the pain is very real. The Novatek PJSC-led Arctic LNG 2 facility, on … Read more

Russians crowd polling stations in apparent protest as Vladimir Putin is set to extend his rule

Russians crowd polling stations in apparent protest as Vladimir Putin is set to extend his rule

Russians crowded outside polling stations at midday Sunday on the last day of a three-day presidential election, apparently heeding an opposition call to protest against President Vladimir Putin. Putin is poised to extend his nearly quarter century of rule for six more years after a relentless crackdown on dissent. The election was taking place amid … Read more

Raisina Dialogue | European delegation urges India to support Ukraine mired in war

Raisina Dialogue | European delegation urges India to support Ukraine mired in war

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishnkar with Denmark Foreign Affairs Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen during a meeting on the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue 2024, in New Delhi, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI European Ministers gathered for the Ministry of External Affairs’ Raisina Dialogue here urged India to reconsider trade and ties with … Read more

Alexei Navalny’s mother files lawsuit with a Russian court demanding release of her son’s body

Alexei Navalny’s mother files lawsuit with a Russian court demanding release of her son’s body

The mother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has filed a lawsuit at a court in the Arctic city of Salekhard contesting officials’ refusal to release her son’s body, Russia’s state news agency Tass reported Wednesday. A closed-door hearing has been scheduled for March 4, the report said, quoting court officials. Lyudmila Navalnaya has been … Read more

Alexei Navalny’s widow Yulia: I will continue my husband’s work and fight for a free Russia

Alexei Navalny’s widow Yulia: I will continue my husband’s work and fight for a free Russia

Yulia Navalnaya, widow of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, said in a video message on Monday that she would continue the work of her husband and fight for a free Russia. “I want to live in a free Russia, I want to build a free Russia,” Navalnaya said in a video message entitled “I will … Read more

Over 400 detained in Russia as country mourns the death of Alexei Navalny, Putin’s fiercest foe

Over 400 detained in Russia as country mourns the death of Alexei Navalny, Putin’s fiercest foe

Over 400 people were detained in Russia while paying tribute to opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died at a remote Arctic penal colony, a prominent rights group reported. The sudden death of Navalny, 47, was a crushing blow to many Russians, who had pinned their hopes for the future on President Vladimir Putin‘s fiercest foe. … Read more

Putin says Russia prefers Biden to Trump because he is ‘more experienced and predictable’

Putin says Russia prefers Biden to Trump because he is ‘more experienced and predictable’

President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia would prefer to see President Joe Biden win a second term, describing him as more experienced than Donald Trump Speaking in an interview with a correspondent from Russian state television, Putin declared that he will work with any US leader who is elected, but noted that he would … Read more

Russia dismisses Wall Street Journal’s ‘pulp fiction’ after Prigozhin death report

Russia dismisses Wall Street Journal’s ‘pulp fiction’ after Prigozhin death report

The Kremlin accused the Wall Street Journal of publishing “pulp fiction” on Friday after it reported that the death of mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin in a plane crash had been orchestrated by Russian security official Nikolai Patrushev. The WSJ reported that Prigozhin’s private jet was downed by a small bomb placed under a wing. Its … Read more

For Putin, winning reelection could be easier than resolving the many challenges facing Russia

For Putin, winning reelection could be easier than resolving the many challenges facing Russia

For President Vladimir Putin, winning reelection will probably be the easy part. His sweeping grip on Russia‘s political scene has virtually assured him another six-year term that would extend his two dozen years in power. More daunting will be the thorny challenges that lie ahead. The stalemated war in Ukraine, unyielding Western pressure that compounds … Read more