Ajay Kamalakaran

Ajay Kamalakaran

Ajay Kamalakaran is a writer with a special interest in Russia and the former Soviet Union. He is the author of three books about Russia and has lived in Sakhalin, Moscow and Khabarovsk. His main areas of interest are history, language, geography and migration. Ajay speaks Russian, French, Italian and a smattering of Indian and European languages.

Recent projects

Russia Central Asia Migrants Courtesy: Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation
8 September 2022 Gateway House

Central Asians are central to Russia’s economy

An estimated 9 million Central Asians reside and work in Russia, and almost every major city in the country is dependent on their labour. It’s a marriage of convenience but beneficial all around. Russia gets modernised infrastructure, while remittances bring in much-needed capital to Central Asia.
Астраханская область главная.jpg Courtesy: LUKOIL
20 July 2022 Gateway House

Astrakhan is India’s gateway to Russia

U.S. sanctions against Russia have made Moscow speed up work on the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) as it is now Russia's gateway to India and India's to Russia and Central Asia via Iran's Chabahar port. The author, who recently visited the Astrakhan and Volgograd regions, a major INSTC logistics node, writes about the Indian connection, and the corridor's progress and challenges.