Russia announces world’s first COVID-19 vaccine “Sputnik V”

News: Russian has launched the world’s first coronavirus vaccine named ‘Sputnik V’. Facts: Sputnik V: The vaccine has been developed by Gamaleya Research Institute and the Russian defence ministry. How does it work? The vaccine is based on the DNA of a SARS-CoV-2 type adenovirus, a common cold virus.The vaccine uses the weakened virus to… Continue reading Russia announces world’s first COVID-19 vaccine “Sputnik V”

Ambarnaya River Oil spill in Russia

News: Russian President has declared a state of emergency after 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil spilled into Ambarnaya river turning its surface crimson red. Facts: Ambarnaya River: It is a shallow river in Siberia, Russia which flows into Lake Pyasino, the source of Pyasina River. The river is also part of a network that flows… Continue reading Ambarnaya River Oil spill in Russia

Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Centre(GCTC)

News:Recently,four Indian pilots chosen as candidate-astronauts for Gaganyaan mission began their training at the Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Centre(GCTC). Facts: About the Programme: The programme includes basic or generic astronaut training followed by activities specific to the first Indian human space mission, Gaganyaan. At the end of all training modules in India and… Continue reading Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Centre(GCTC)

Ganga-Volga Dialogue:India-Russia

News:The Ganga-Volga Dialogue was held between India and Russia in New Delhi. Facts: About Ganga-Volga Dialogue: The Ganga Volga Dialogue was conceptualized during 2018 India Russia Summit between Russian President and Indian Prime Minister. The dialogue was organised by the Ministry of External Affairs in collaboration with Dr.Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation. The objective of… Continue reading Ganga-Volga Dialogue:India-Russia

Explained: Russia Avangard missile

News:Russia’s military has deployed a new intercontinental weapon called the Avangard hypersonic missile system. Facts: About Avangard Hypersonic missile system: The Avangard hypersonic missile system is a reentry body carried atop an existing ballistic missile which has the capability to manoeuvre.  It’s manoeuvring capability makes it difficult to predict its trajectory and gives it the… Continue reading Explained: Russia Avangard missile

Curtain Raiser:Exercise INDRA 2019

News:India and Russia will be conducting the Exercise INDRA 2019 in India from 10 December simultaneously at Babina (near Jhansi), Pune, and Goa. Facts: About Exercise Indra: Exercise Indra is a joint tri-services exercise comprising Army, Air Force and Navy of India and Russia. The exercise began in the year 2003 and the first joint… Continue reading Curtain Raiser:Exercise INDRA 2019

Power of Siberia gas pipeline cements China-Russia bond

News:Chinese President and Russian President have inaugurated the “Power of Siberia” gas pipeline. Facts: About the Gas Pipeline: Power of Serbia is the first cross-border gas pipeline between Russia and China. The central aim of this gas pipeline is to pump natural gas to China and Russia’s far-east regions. Under this pipeline project,Russia will deliver… Continue reading Power of Siberia gas pipeline cements China-Russia bond

India for higher indigenous content in Ka-226 choppers

News:India wants higher indigenous content in the Kamov-226T light utility choppers which are to be jointly built in India with Russia. Facts: About the Deal: India and Russia had signed the deal for 200 Kamov KA-226T light utility helicopters during Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Russia in 2015. Under the deal,Russia will supply 60 Kamov… Continue reading India for higher indigenous content in Ka-226 choppers

Speed up delivery of S-400 missiles,India to tell Russia

News:India wants Russia to speed up the delivery schedule of the advanced S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems. Facts: About S-400: India had signed a $5 billion deal with Russia for the purchase of five S-400 systems during the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit in 2018. S-400 Triumf Missile System is a mobile, surface-to-air missile system… Continue reading Speed up delivery of S-400 missiles,India to tell Russia

After India-Russia missile deal, U.S. warns allies of sanctions risk

News:United States has warned allies to forgo transactions with Russia as this may risk triggering sanctions under CAATSA act. Facts: Background: India and Russia have concluded the deal for five S-400 ‘Triumf’ missile systems. However,the U.S. has warned that the deal would invoke sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). About Countering… Continue reading After India-Russia missile deal, U.S. warns allies of sanctions risk

S-400 systems will be delivered to India within 18-19 months: Russia

News:Russian has said that S-400 air defence missile systems will be delivered to India in strict accordance with the schedule. Facts: About S-400  India had signed a $5 billion deal with Russia for the purchase of five S-400 systems during the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit in 2018. S-400 Triumf Missile System is a mobile,… Continue reading S-400 systems will be delivered to India within 18-19 months: Russia

Explained: The sea route from Chennai to Vladivostok

News:India and Russia have signed a Memorandum of Intent to open a full fledged maritime route between Chennai to Vladivostok. Facts: About Vladivostok: It is located on the Golden Horn Bay north of North Korea and a short distance from Russia’s border with China. Vladivostok is the largest port on Russia’s Pacific coast and home… Continue reading Explained: The sea route from Chennai to Vladivostok

Russia proposes joint development of submarines with India

News:Russia has offered India for joint design and development of advanced conventional diesel-electric submarines under Project 75I. Facts: Project 75I The Project 75I-class submarine is a follow-on of the Project 75 Kalvari-class submarines for the Indian Navy. Under this project,six new-generation conventional diesel-electric submarines will be constructed.  They will have advanced Air-independent propulsion(AIP) systems to… Continue reading Russia proposes joint development of submarines with India

EX TSENTR 2019

News:India will be taking part in this year’s Exercise TSENTR 2019 that will be conducted by Russia from September 9 to 23,2019. Facts: About Exercise TSENTR 2019: Exercise TSENTR is part of the annual series of large scale exercises that form part of the Russian Armed Forces annual training cycle. The series rotates through the… Continue reading EX TSENTR 2019

Explained: Why the Eastern Economic Forum matters for India

News:Indian Prime Minister has announced to extend a $1 billion line of credit towards the development of the Russian Far East.This was announced at the 5th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok,Russia. Facts: About Eastern Economic Forum(EEF) The Eastern Economic Forum was established by Decree of the Russian President in 2015. In accordance with the… Continue reading Explained: Why the Eastern Economic Forum matters for India

Ties in oil, gas sector to be focus of PM Modi’s Russia trip

Indian Prime minister will be visiting the Russian city of Vladivostok as the guest of honour at Eastern Economic Forum(EEF).The bilateral summit will also be held on the sidelines of the EEF. During the summit,India and Russia will roll out a five-year roadmap for stronger cooperation in the oil and gas sector apart from pacts… Continue reading Ties in oil, gas sector to be focus of PM Modi’s Russia trip

Russia set to offer submarines during Modi-Putin summit

Indian Prime minister will be visiting Russia as the guest of honour at Eastern Economic Forum(EEF).The bilateral summit will also be held on the sidelines of the EEF. During the bilateral summit,Russia is likely to offer India its conventional submarines on the government-to-government route under the Indian Navy’s Project-75I. The Russian submarine will likely be… Continue reading Russia set to offer submarines during Modi-Putin summit

Russia to push for final orders in $1 bn Kamov copters deal

India is likely to sign the final contract with Russia for 200 Kamov KA-226T light utility helicopters during Prime Minister visit to Russia for the Eastern Economic Forum. India and Russia had signed the deal for 200 Kamov KA-226T light utility helicopters during Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Russia in 2015. Under the deal,Russia will… Continue reading Russia to push for final orders in $1 bn Kamov copters deal

Focus to be on cooperation in Russian Far East during Modi-Putin meet: Indian envoy

Indian Prime minister will be visiting the Russian city of Vladivostok as the guest of honour at Eastern Economic Forum(EEF).The bilateral summit will also be held on the sidelines of the EEF. During the bilateral summit,the two countries will not only consolidate the traditional areas of cooperation namely defence, nuclear, space and energy but will… Continue reading Focus to be on cooperation in Russian Far East during Modi-Putin meet: Indian envoy

India hoping for Iran deal, Russia’s inclusion in G7

The Group of Seven(G7) summit is being held in Biarritz,France.The summit will discuss issues such as (a)global free trade (b) environment (c) climate change (d) digital economy among others. However,India would be interested in two other issues which are (a) Relations between Iran and US and (b) Inclusion of Russia in the G7 group. The… Continue reading India hoping for Iran deal, Russia’s inclusion in G7

Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic

Russia has successfully launched the world’s first floating nuclear reactor called Akademik Lomonosov in the Arctic region. Akademik Lomonosov is a non-self-propelled powership.The reactor will be the northernmost nuclear plant in the world. The reactor is suited for powering remote areas and island states that require stable, green sources of energy.It will also power the… Continue reading Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic

Russia sends its first humanoid robot Fedor into space

Russia has sent its first life sized Humanoid robot known as Fedor into the International Space Station(ISS). Fedor stands for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research (Skybot F-850).It is the first humanoid robot to be sent to space by Russia. Fedor is the size of an adult and can emulate movements of the human body.The main… Continue reading Russia sends its first humanoid robot Fedor into space

Bangladesh signs uranium supply deal with Russia

Bangladesh has signed a nuclear fuel supply agreement with Russia for Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project. The deal was signed between the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Russian Nuclear Fuel Supply Company(TVEL). Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is an under-construction 2.4 GWe nuclear power plant in Bangladesh.It will be the Bangladesh first nuclear power plant and… Continue reading Bangladesh signs uranium supply deal with Russia

China vows to counter U.S. deployment of intermediate-range missiles in Asia

China has warned the United States that it would take countermeasures if the US goes ahead with its plans to deploy ground-based missiles in the Asia Pacific region. This statement came after US Defense Secretary has said that the US was now free to deploy the weapons following its withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces(INF)… Continue reading China vows to counter U.S. deployment of intermediate-range missiles in Asia

U.S. poised to formally abandon INF missile treaty

The US has formally withdrawn from a Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty(INF) with Russia. Russia had also officially suspended it’s participation in the INF treaty after the US had announced to withdraw from the treaty claiming that Russia had secretly developed a missile that violated the INF. Further,the US military also plans to test a land-based… Continue reading U.S. poised to formally abandon INF missile treaty

Cabinet approves ISRO Technical Liaison Unit at Moscow

The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO)’s Technical Liaison Unit(ITLU) in Moscow, Russia. The establishment of this unit will help ISRO to collaborate with Space agencies/industries in Russia and neighbouring countries for mutually synergistic outcomes. Further,this unit will also help in ISRO’s Gaganyaan programme which requires development of some… Continue reading Cabinet approves ISRO Technical Liaison Unit at Moscow

India set to sign US-like defence logistics sharing pact with Russia

India and Russia are finalising a defence agreement called the Agreement on Reciprocal Logistics Support(ARLS). The agreement will simplify interoperability and enable military platforms to receive support and supplies across bases in both nations. Currently,India has a defence logistics sharing agreement with the US.A similar agreement was also inked with France in 2018. Further,if the… Continue reading India set to sign US-like defence logistics sharing pact with Russia

India, Russia seek to skirt US sanctions threat to arms deals

Russia and India have agreed on a new mechanism which will allow payments for multi-billion dollar defence deals to be made using their own national currencies. This mechanism was established after Indian banks with exposure to the US had suspended payments and instalments to Russia to avoid the threat of punitive sanctions under Countering America’s… Continue reading India, Russia seek to skirt US sanctions threat to arms deals

Russia sends telescope into space

Russian space agency Roscosmos has launched Spektr-RG from Baikonur Cosmodrome,Russia. The Spektr-RG is a space observatory intended to observe black holes, neutron stars and magnetic fields.It was launched on a Proton-M rocket. The project is a joint collaboration between Russian and German scientists. The Spektr-RG is intended to replace the Spektr-R which is known as… Continue reading Russia sends telescope into space

Explained: Western fears about fire accident aboard a Russian submarine

Recently,Russian Sailors died in fire on Nuclear Submarine named Losharik within the Russian territorial waters. Russian officials have said that the submarine was measuring sea depth within Russian territorial waters. However,security analysts have said that Russia is using the submarines to stake its claim on the Arctic Sea which is a region rich in oil… Continue reading Explained: Western fears about fire accident aboard a Russian submarine

Council of Europe restores Russia′s voting rights

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has voted in favor of restoring Russia’s voting rights five years after they were revoked over its illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. The move paves the way for Russia to participate in the election of a new secretary general for the pan-European rights body. Russia was… Continue reading Council of Europe restores Russia′s voting rights

US cautions India over S-400 deal with Russia, cites strategic partnership choices

The US administration has been persuading India to cancel the Russian S-400 missile defence system. The US has raised a range of concerns over the deal such as systems interoperability to long-term worries over strategic partnership choices. US officials have also indicated that the US is ready to sell India platforms such as its Terminal… Continue reading US cautions India over S-400 deal with Russia, cites strategic partnership choices

PM Modi to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin at SCO

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) summit is scheduled to be held on June 13-14 in Bishkek,Kyrgyzstan. During the summit,Indian Prime Minister is expected to meet Chinese President and Russian President.Uzbekistan President is also scheduled to hold a bilateral discussion with Indian PM. The issues that would be part of the discussion at the summit includes (a)terrorism… Continue reading PM Modi to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin at SCO

US may offer F-35 fighter if India scraps S-400 deal

The US could offer India the fifth-generation F-35 fighter jet if India cancels the S-400 air defence system deal with Russia.The US has increased pressure on India over the S-400 deal that was signed in October,2018. US official had said that India should not assume that it will get a waiver from U.S. sanctions if… Continue reading US may offer F-35 fighter if India scraps S-400 deal

In a first, trains services opened in Arctic

Russia has launched the first tourist train to Arctic region.The train will travel through Russia’s Arctic region on to Norway. It set off from St. Petersburg station with passengers aboard. The train has been named as Zarengold.It has two restaurant cars and the whole trip is expected to take 11 days and will allow passengers… Continue reading In a first, trains services opened in Arctic

Taliban says ‘occupation’ must end for Afghan peace

Recently, Afghan politicians and Taliban delegates have met in Moscow to revive peace talks aimed at ending the decades-long war. The meeting was organised by Russia to commemorate the 100th anniversary of its diplomatic ties with Afghanistan. During the meeting,Taliban and Russia has called for the withdrawal of U.S.-led coalition troops from Afghanistan denouncing the… Continue reading Taliban says ‘occupation’ must end for Afghan peace

Russia, eyeing Arctic future, launches nuclear icebreaker

Russia has launched a nuclear-powered icebreaker called Ural. It is part of an ambitious programme to renew and expand its fleet of vessels in order to improve its ability to tap the Arctic’s commercial potential. Ural is one of a trio which when it will be completed will be the largest and most powerful icebreakers… Continue reading Russia, eyeing Arctic future, launches nuclear icebreaker

Russia says UN chemical weapons watchdog is ‘off track’

Russia has alleged that that Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had been hijacked by politics and its mandate derailed after Russia had put forward a draft Security Council resolution on the OPCW. The draft resolution states that the Security Council where Russia holds veto power should be the only international body that… Continue reading Russia says UN chemical weapons watchdog is ‘off track’

Can a beluga whale be trained as a military spy?

Recently,a beluga whale swimming in the Arctic off Norway has given rise to speculation that it is a spy being used by the Russians. The reason it is being described as a spy is a harness it was wearing, with the words “Equipment St. Petersburg” in English along with a GoPro camera holder. Other marine… Continue reading Can a beluga whale be trained as a military spy?

Mueller report: Trump asserts executive privilege

The US President has asserted executive privilege in an effort to shield hidden portions of Robert Mueller incomplete report.It is the first time the current US President has invoked executive privilege to shield information from Congress. Executive privilege is a right claimed by presidents to withhold information about internal executive branch deliberations from other branches… Continue reading Mueller report: Trump asserts executive privilege

Russia President Vladimir Putin signs into law a sovereign internet bill

Russia President has signed a sovereign internet bill which will allow Russian authorities to isolate the country’s internet.The bill says the government will exercise centralized control over the communication network of general use. The law is aimed at isolating the country’s Internet (Runet) from the rest of the world to ensure it could remain available… Continue reading Russia President Vladimir Putin signs into law a sovereign internet bill

Army invokes emergency powers for missiles deal

The Indian Army has approved the emergency purchase of 240 Spike anti-tank guided missiles made by Israel and Igla-S Very Short Range Air Defence Systems(VSHORAD) from Russia to meet immediate operational requirements. The procurement was approved under new financial powers for emergency procurements sanctioned by the Defence Ministry.The emergency power gives the Army vice chief… Continue reading Army invokes emergency powers for missiles deal

World’s first floating nuclear power unit set to start operations in Russia: Rosatom

Russia has successfully tested the world’s first floating nuclear power plant (NPP),Akademik Lomonosov.The nuclear plant is operated by Rosatom,state-run atomic energy corporation in Russia. Akademik Lomonosov is a non-self-propelled powership.The ship was named after Academician Mikhail Lomonosov.The nuclear power plant is powered by its twin KLT-40S reactor system. Floating nuclear power plant is basically a… Continue reading World’s first floating nuclear power unit set to start operations in Russia: Rosatom

U.S. upset as Russian planes land in Venezuela

The Russian foreign ministry has said that two planes consists of Russian specialists has landed in Venezuela.The presence of Russian specialists in Venezuela is governed by a military-technical cooperation agreement between the two countries that was signed in 2001. Russia has long been an ally of Venezuela,and has provided military and economic support.Russia has also… Continue reading U.S. upset as Russian planes land in Venezuela

Sukhois hobbled by lack of blast pens near LoC

According to a report,Sukhois(Su-30) couldn’t be stationed in forward areas near Line of Control(LOC) during Aerial Combat between India and Pakistan.It was because of bureaucratic delay in constructing ‘hard shelter’s also known as ‘blast pens’. Blast pens are shelter to house fighter-type aircraft and provide protection to the aircraft from attack by conventional weapons or… Continue reading Sukhois hobbled by lack of blast pens near LoC

China says it is in “close communication” with India and Pakistan to ease tensions

China has said that it is planning to send a special envoy to ease tensions between India and Pakistan after the Pulwama attack. China agreed with Russia which said that Counter terrorism Mechanism such as Regional Anti terrorist Structure(RATS) under Shanghai cooperation Organisation(SCO) could be used as a forum to discuss India-Pakistan issues.However,India maintains that… Continue reading China says it is in “close communication” with India and Pakistan to ease tensions

RUSSIA VOWS MORE SUPPORT FOR MADURO, INCLUDING AID

Russia has pledged support for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s government while the U.S. has announced sanctions against Venuzuela. Venezuela which is already facing economic crisis went into the political crisis when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president and asserted that Maduro was no longer legitimate President of Venuzuela. Nicolas Maduro and his allies,including… Continue reading RUSSIA VOWS MORE SUPPORT FOR MADURO, INCLUDING AID

Taliban to meet Afghan Opposition in Moscow

Taliban will hold a meeting with Afghan opposition leaders in Moscow, in a move likely to alienate the Afghan government, which is already excluded from talks between the militant group and the United States. Russia has been cultivating ties with the Taliban,the successors of Mujahideen militants who defeated the soviet troops in 1980’s. U.S. and… Continue reading Taliban to meet Afghan Opposition in Moscow