Tag: Soviet Union

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  • Setback for Kremlin

    Setback for Kremlin

    It is a commentary on the general disenchantment that Putin’s own ratings are at near-record lows, though still high by international standards.

    September 12, 2019
  • PM Modi, Putin exchange hugs and handshakes, visit Zvezda shipbuilding facility

    PM Modi, Putin exchange hugs and handshakes, visit Zvezda shipbuilding facility

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is the chief guest at the fifth Eastern Economic Forum, will address the event on Thursday.

    September 4, 2019
  • Midnight knock

    Midnight knock

    If the objective is to forestall a large number of nominations, it is as yet unclear as to what charges the establishment would bring against those arrested.

    July 30, 2019
  • Trotsky’s asylum in France

    Trotsky’s asylum in France

    Underlying the many strands in this bizarre story are the bilateral relations between France and the Soviet Union, and the Franco-Soviet rapprochement, which was initiated in 1931 and culminated in the Franco-Soviet Mutual Assistance Pact of May 1935. This pact necessitated France to accommodate Joseph Stalin's implacable hostility towards Trotsky. The French Ministry of the Interior and police considered Trotsky a nuisance and troublemaker, and would have preferred that Trotsky was refused asylum from the start.

    June 3, 2019
  • From Nehru to Modi

    From Nehru to Modi

    There was a wide gulf between Nehru's India and the real Bharat; little wonder that Narendra Modi has been looked upon as a parvenu in New Delhi. He therefore needed to be elected a second time with an increased majority for India to accept him as its ongoing ruler.

    June 2, 2019
  • First days of presidency ‘a bit of a shock’: Volodymyr Zelensky

    First days of presidency ‘a bit of a shock’: Volodymyr Zelensky

    Zelensky beat incumbent Petro Poroshenko in last month's polls on promises of rebooting the political system and purging the influence of powerful oligarchs.

    May 24, 2019
  • India pushes for African right to permanent UNSC seat

    India pushes for African right to permanent UNSC seat

    The 55 African nations, who are the single largest group at the UN making up more than a quarter of its membership, do not have a permanent member on the Council.

    April 25, 2019
  • The path ahead for Nato-Turkey ties

    The path ahead for Nato-Turkey ties

    Turkey always remained under the impression that the Western Nato partners were very keen to keep Turkey in NATO going to many lengths to do so.

    April 7, 2019
  • A necessary evil

    A necessary evil

    So far, members of the nuclear club have accepted that such weapons are a symbol of international status as well as defence against nuclear blackmail but not a  weapon of utility. An American writer has described the possession of nuclear arsenals as achieving mutual balance of terror. In short, possession of such arms has become an invaluable defence so long as a country doesn't use it.

    March 18, 2019
  • Solzhenitsyn is 100

    Solzhenitsyn is 100

    Solzhenitsyn was acutely aware that fascism, Nazism or totalitarianism are all examples of gigantic collective power to ensure that the people cannot defend themselves. If anybody wants to fight against the lies of the administration, he should start fighting against the ‘lies in himself‘.

    December 25, 2018
  • Laws and the Reality

    Laws and the Reality

    Laws and regulations like the minimum wage, say Rs 15,000 per month, touch only the organized sector of the economy which in India covers only 16 per cent of the worker population. The remaining 84 per cent are in the unorganized sector and do not get the benefit of government stipulations. On this basis alone, there is a strong case for lifting all wage stipulations.

    December 17, 2018
  • Reluctant Republican

    Reluctant Republican

    By any reckoning, George Bush was the among the most successful US Presidents in terms of foreign policy, though not remarkably effective when it came to economic and domestic issues.

    December 8, 2018
  • When the KGB spoke Bengali

    When the KGB spoke Bengali

    KGB personnel were accompanying the then Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganin and Communist Party Secretary Nikita Khrushchev when they came to Kolkata while on a visit to India in 1955

    December 2, 2018
  • Khashoggi and oil diplomacy

    Khashoggi and oil diplomacy

    The murder of the Saudi dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, can be seen in the context of the Wahhabi kingdom being a metaphor for the corrupting influence of oil on America’s national security policy.

    November 23, 2018
  • A race Pakistan cannot win

    A race Pakistan cannot win

    The completion of the first deterrence patrol by INS Arihant, India’s first home-developed, nuclear-powered submarine, completing the nuclear deterrence triad, procurement of the S400 missile systems from Russia and the induction of new heavy-calibre guns for the artillery are changing the balance of power in the subcontinent. There was immense criticism by Pakistan in every …

    November 20, 2018
  • Engaged in a surreal pursuit

    Engaged in a surreal pursuit

    Deep in the Caucasus Mountains, scientists are trying to listen to quantum whispers about the nature of reality.

    August 8, 2018
  • How Russia used cyber warfare to help Trump

    How Russia used cyber warfare to help Trump

    The Soviet Union and now Russia under Vladimir Putin have waged a political power struggle against the West for nearly a century. Spreading false and distorted information – called “dezinformatsiya” after the Russian word for “disinformation” – is an age-old strategy for coordinated and sustained influence campaigns that have interrupted the possibility of level-headed political …

    July 30, 2018