New Delhi, January 26, 2017
The Embassy is grieving over an irreplaceable and untimely loss – the decease of Alexander M. Kadakin, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India. An outstanding patriarch of Russian diplomacy, who became an example of selfless service to his motherland for the benefit of strengthening its international stand, has departed this life.
Self-sacrificing labour of Alexander M. Kadakin, his wide experience and profound knowledge of South Asia have found deserved recognition not only in the Russian Foreign Ministry, but in India as well, to which he devoted the major part of his illustrious career. Here hundreds and thousands of people – from top public officials to commoners – knew, appreciated and loved him dearly. The Ambassador used to call India his karma-bhoomi (the land of destiny), where, by the stroke of fate, his impressive voyage came to an end. It is symbolic that it happened on the Republic Day. The nature and the Indian gods stood by those shaken by the grievous event and echoed the heavy news with the heart-rending cry of rain that was falling upon New Delhi for many hours.
All those who knew Alexander M. Kadakin – that is a few generations of diplomats and indologists – will always remember him as an utmost professional, a demanding and at the same time benevolent guru, a faithful and affectionate friend, a warm and hearty person with scintillating sense of humour. His books, scientific and political articles, translations and speeches will remain a unique fount of knowledge and a guiding star for those who, like himself, have fallen in love with India.
The Russian Embassy in India