India-Russia Exchanges
Riya Rajayyan - Aug 11,2020
A number of high-level exchanges between India and Russia is set to take place including the annual bilateral summit in October with President Vladmir Putin expected to make a visit. The recent exchanges between the two sides included the discussion of regional and international issues.During the lockdown period, Modi and Putin have also spoken a couple of times.
The Fall of Freedom
Rohit Deshpande - Aug 09,2020
On 2nd July, this year, President Putin of Russia announced the results of a referendum. About 76% votes approved the referendum, passing it without a hitch. This referendum among other things allows Putin to run for election for the presidency for 2 more terms. To understand how this works, let us take a look at the russian constitution. According to the russian constitution, presidents’ are restricted to three terms and only allow for one consecutive reelection. Meaning that after two terms, Putin would have to wait for 4 years before running for president again. Which is exactly what happened in 2008, when Putin became the prime minister, allowing his handpicked successor Dmytri Medvedev to be elected to the presidency.
Fare Thee Well
Arnaz Dholakia - Aug 09,2020
US President Donald Trump said on July 31 that, as soon as August 1st, he will sign an executive order to ban TikTok in the United States, raising the pressure on the Chinese owner of the famous short-video app to sell it. The move will be the culmination of US national security concerns about the protection of TikTok's handling of personal data. This would represent a huge blow to the owner of TikTok, Beijing-based ByteDance, who was one of only a handful of genuinely multinational Chinese conglomerates due to the commercial success of the device.
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