You think NASA has stagnated? Who just returned close up pictures of Pluto? Who has an active rover still on Mars?
Sure, other agencies have had some great accomplishments.. there's no reason NASA has to have a monopoly on space exploration. Right now, there really is no point to extended manned space travel. As much as the Star Trek nerd in me wants to travel the stars, we are far away from that ability.
It's funny you think a Soyuz is winning the long term race. They take people to a floating platform. What innovation has Russia provided to space exploration in the past 40 years? They do one thing well, launch rockets to ISS. NASA, ESA, JAXA are all still far ahead.