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