The passing away of Russian Ambassador to India, Alexander “Sasha” Kadakin, on January 26, removed from the canvas of the India-Russia relationship a staunch friend of India and a strong votary of the strategic partnership. He held various diplomatic positions in the Russian Embassy in Delhi at various stages in the India-Russia relationship, clocking a total of about 20 years in India. He had therefore an acute understanding of India’s political structures and bureaucratic procedures. As a fluent Hindi speaker, he developed a wide range of contacts in India. His was a warm-hearted and generous personality. He worked tirelessly to promote new partnership initiatives and to iron out wrinkles in the relationship on the Indian and Russian side. His would be very difficult shoes to fill in the Russian Embassy.
January 31, 2017