Vinay Shukla's blog

Vinay Shukla

Vinay Shukla is a New Delhi-based journalist and analyst covering developments in Russia and key nations of former the Soviet Union. During his, over four decades of journalistic career, he has covered the developments in ex-USSR from Brezhnev to Putin eras. As Moscow correspondent and bureau chief of India's two premier wire agencies - United News of India (UNI) and Press Trust of India (PTI) for over 25 years he witnessed the churning of the stagnant Soviet regime in the years of Mikhail Gorbachev's "Perestroika" and turmoil in Russia after the Soviet collapse, abrupt transfer of power to President Vladimir Putin by his predecessor Boris Yeltsin at a juncture when the post-Soviet Russia was facing existential threat and disintegration. The idea of this blog is to fill the crucial information gap when the Indian mainstream media is virtually dependent on the 'loaded' Western narrative of Russia, while the internal political debate inside the country remains in the dark due to the language barrier. As a result, the sequel of "cause and consequences" is put upside down. Today a correct reading of Russia is of paramount importance.

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April 2, 2019

It is not a thankful job to write an analytical blog amid the din and noise of media cacophony, which we have been witnessing for more than a month now since the Pulwama suicide attack in Jammu & Kashmir on St. Valentine's Day killing over 40 soldiers of…

January 18, 2019

The first blog-post in this sequence was penned on the eve of Chinese Year of Dog . It was an attempt to thoroughly analyse the state of India-Russia relations and their linear perspective from the eyes of an independent observer, not part of any…

July 31, 2018

It has been a hectic summer with the month of July full of events keeping reporters busy in covering the FIFA extravaganza in Russia, first-ever full scale Helsinki summit between the US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, BRICS…

June 7, 2018

The first-ever informal Indo-Russian summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on May 21 and  Prime Minister Narendra Modi's keynote address at Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore on June 1 should be seen as New Delhi's manifestations of its policy of…

April 25, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dynamic multi-vector foreign policy aimed at preserving India's strategic autonomy to achieve an acknowledged great power status has hit the CAATSA roadblock in developing strategic partnership with its time-tested ally…

April 2, 2018

Even as a new Cold War seems imminent India has defied Washington's diktat and categorically refused to expel Russian diplomats to express solidarity with the West and has stood by its time-tested strategic partner Russia amid media and academia…

March 12, 2018

France has emerged as the key ally of India in the West as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expanding the foreign policy matrix of the South Asian nuclear giant facing heat from its neighbours China and Pakistan. To signify this Prime Minister Modi…

February 6, 2018

Flickr / Y NakanishiAs the world ushers in the Year of Dog according the ancient Chinese Lunar calender, it would be appropriate to review what its predecessor, the Year of Rooster had in store for the relations of China 's two neighbouring giants -…

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  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
     21 (19%)
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