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For questions about or involving the Russian Federation, successor of the Soviet Union. Located in Eurasia, Russia is the largest country by land mass, and it operates as a semi-presidential republic.

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"I'd shut it down now"; Mitt Romney's articulated justification and proposed means for shutting down the Nord Stream 2 pipeline?

On NBC News' Full Romney Interview: 'The President Needs To Stop And Reset' at about 01:57: US Senator Mitt Romney says that he'd shut down the Nord Stream 2 pipeline now: Q: ...So, what is it that ...
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Why use polonium on Novichok? [duplicate]

Litvinenko was allegedly poisoned by Russian operatives using polonium, Skripal and Navalny were allegedly poisoned by Russian operatives using Novichok. In all cases, the poison was traced to Russia ...
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How valid are the motives for Russia poisoning Skripal, and other "dissidents and opposition" [closed]

The motive attributed to the poisonings basically sounds like, "They spoke out against Putin and/or Russia, so Putin had them poisoned." The thing that bothers me about this motive, is that, ...
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Will Russia need to delay an invasion of Ukraine until things settle down in Kazakhstan? [closed]

I am wondering if it is likely that Russia will delay an invasion of Ukraine until the political unrest and violence in Kazakhstan comes to end. The way I see it is that Russia may need to send in a ...
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Why is Russia deploying soldiers near the border with Ukraine instead of in Siberia?

In recent news, Russia has been deploying its military near Ukraine in an effort to deter Ukraine from joining NATO. Russia has sent its requests to NATO and Russian president Putin has met American ...
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Why does Russia sell jet engines to China?

China manufactures a number of aircraft that use Russian-made jet engines. For instance, JF-17 uses a Russian RD-93 engine, etc. Similarly, Russian sells AL-31 jet engines for Chinese J-10C jets. ...
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If everyone knows NATO can beat Russia using conventional weapons, doesn’t that force them to rapidly escalate to nuclear to have any chance?

The logic goes like this: since both sides know, and they know that the other side also knows, the game theory conclusion for Russia to have any chance of something other than defeat is to massively ...
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Peaceful Futures for Russia and Ukraine

If the population within a region of Ukraine wanted to become a part of Russia (suppose a fair vote was 75% in favor), is there a peaceful legal/government procedure in Ukraine to make this happen? ...
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What does Russian government have to gain from the current build up and threatening possible invasion of Ukraine?

I tried to find a clear answer from the media (too many examples to list here, search for Russia-Ukraine conflict in the news), but could not quickly find good, comprehensive answer with non-...
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Which products do NATO countries (read US) exclusively produce? [closed]

Imagine Russia groups with China, Iran, North Korea, etc. They exchange currency to trade amongst themselves. Would NATO countries still have something exclusively in their store that those countries ...
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Is India's purchase of Russian weapons a strategy or necessity? [closed]

I know that India has been a traditional customer of Russian weapons. However, they have almost all the options open, like, American, European, Korean, Japanese, Singaporean, etc. Why does India ...
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How did Russia suddenly change from being an atheist country to being a Christian country?

I know that religious faith is a personal thing, some people have a stronger faith than others, and for some people religion is more a matter of cultural identity than personal conviction. Also how ...
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How close is supposed "Russian build-up" to Ukrainian border?

Politico published and many other mass-media reposted an article Satellite images show new Russian military buildup near Ukraine. It is illustrated with two satellite photos of Yelnya and also ...
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Why didn't Russia annex Abkhazia and South Ossetia?

Russia's initial recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occurred in the aftermath of the Russo-Georgian War in 2008. Why didn't Russia annex Abkhazia and South Ossetia?
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Why are PiS and Fidesz split over Russia (and Ukraine)?

Apparently formalizing an (EP) alliance between Poland's ruling party PiS and Hungary's ruling part Fidesz, despite numerous ideological similarities, might be held back by differences over Russia and ...
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Is there any study that tries to quantify the impact of Russian government support for anti vaccination?

Recently, the Russian government threatened to ban YouTube if it does not reinstate two German-language channels backed by the Russian state that were deleted for violating Covid misinformation ...
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Does Russia intervene more on the world stage than its contemporaries?

Follow-up question to Fizz's comment in this question. "their foreign policy tends to be non-interventionist". Except in neighboring countries Georgia (2008), Ukraine (2014+) and where they ...
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Why does Russia view missile defense as a strategic threat?

A key hurdle in the talks has been Russia’s demand that the U.S. stop resisting limits on its missile defenses, which the Russians view as a long-term threat and the Americans see as a deterrent to ...
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Do/did former Soviet republic leaders generally attend the May Victory Day parade in Moscow?

It's been noted in a 2017 article that that year only Moldovan president Dodon attended the May Victory Day parade in Moscow: Dodon was also the only head of state from the former Soviet republics in ...
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Has the Saudi purchase of Pantsir S1M (technology) from Russia made any progress?

It's been mentioned in an article last year that the Saudis were negotiating buying a short-range anti-aircraft system from Russia, supposedly to bolster their anti-drone defense, after the Houthi ...
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How is the personal relationship between Vladimir Putin and Mohammed bin Salman?

Putin is known for being fairly able to use his personal charm in some political relations, e.g. with Berlusconi which some media described as a "bromance". What is meant by this term in ...
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Why would the PLAAF buy additional Su-35 fighters from Russia?

In November 2015, China became the Su-35's first export customer when the Russian and Chinese governments signed a contract worth $2 billion to buy 24 aircraft for the People's Liberation Army Air ...
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Has Russia offered an official explanation for dropping vaccination QR-code checks?

According to the Moscow Times (which is financed by a Dutch press conglomerate whose Russian-language publications Russia declares to be "foreign agents") As the highly transmissible Delta ...
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Why did China and Russia abstain on the UN security council resolution 2593 on the situation in Afghanistan?

The United Nations security council passed resolution 2593 (2021) on the 30th of August, 2021 with a vote of 13 in favour and 2 abstentions. Why did China and the Russian Federation abstain on this ...
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The political positions of RT pundits [closed]

I am curious to know how one would characterize the political positions of Russia Today (RT) pundits using a political spectrum. I know the political positions of any one RT pundit may (probably will) ...
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Relations between Russia and the Taliban

On the one hand, the Taliban is recognized in Russia as a terrorist organization (FSB List). On the other hand, on July 8, Taliban representatives arrived in Moscow for "talks." Also, the ...
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What obligations does Russia have towards the cleanup /maintenance of Chernobyl?

As a successor state of the USSR, what legal responsibilities does the Russian Federation have towards aiding the cleanup of Chernobyl and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone(such as rehabilitation, building ...
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Has Lithuania completed its border fence with Russia (Kaliningrad)? If so, what is the length of the fence?

There were news (and interviews) in 2017 that Lithuania was building a (2m tall) border fence with Russia's exclave of Kaliningrad. Wikipedia's article on this is woefully out-of-date as it only says ...
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Why would China hold joint drills with Russia during Covid?

Russia to join military drill in China, 'displays mutual trust, eyes Central Asian security' Given that Russia is currently experiencing 20k+ Covid cases a day while China is getting ~100/day, why ...
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Why is Russia still welcome on the ISS despite geopolitical tensions?

Why is Russia still welcome on the International Space Station despite geopolitical tensions? According to Wikipedia: The Wolf Amendment is a law passed by the United States Congress in 2011 that ...
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What would NATO's obligations have been if HMS Defender had been attacked near Crimea?

The United Kingdom is a member of NATO. Does Article 5 bind the allies to defend a member that is in another country's soil, waters or airspace? Suppose that the HMS Defender had been damaged or even ...
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How is Russia responding to non-military maritime traffic in the legally recognized shipping lane passing within its territorial waters?

From the video BBC journalist reports from British warship as Russia “fires warning shots” - BBC News here are some screenshots and transcribed audio (mine but based on BBC's closed captions). ...
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Is there a rating of countries by cyberattacks amount being launched?

At recent Geneva summit press-conference, Biden noted: I talked about the proposition that certain critical infrastructure should be off-limits to attack, period, by cyber or any other means," ...
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Is there any list of US actions taken in efforts to stop Nord Stream 2?

Long story short, it was announced at the beginning of June that Nord Stream 2 is ready to start pumping gas. The US has tried to stop its construction since 2017. Is there a list of the US laws/...
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Why doesn't the EU adopt sterner sanctions against people with connections to the Kremlin living in the EU?

Russian officials and oligarchs often live in prosperous European nations. The EU has a lot of leverage. It could issue an ultimatum: either do this by this date (for example, release all political ...
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What made Azerbaijan confident it could freely initiate the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without the intervention of Russia?

On 27 September 2020, conflict reignited over the semi-autonomous region of Nagorno-Karabakh. It is stated that this most recent fighting was instigated by Azerbaijan (Source). Furthermore, Armenia is ...
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Why did Syria allow the Russians to set a naval base in their country?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_naval_facility_in_Tartus Why did Syria allow the Russians to set a naval base in their country knowing full well that this would make them a prime target for the ...
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Has the Biden administration detailed what violations of the Open Skies treaties it accuses Russia of?

A somewhat difficult to parse news piece: "The United States regrets that the Treaty on Open Skies has been undermined by Russia's violations," the state department said on Thursday. "...
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What's currently preventing the seizure of Russian assets to satisfy the Yukos court judgement?

According to Wiki: The Yukos Oil Company's former shareholders and management filed a series of claims in courts and before arbitration panels in various countries, seeking compensation for their ...
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Is Russia able to influence Israel?

Is Russia able to influence the affairs of Israeli politics and foreign policy through the Russian immigrants in Israel?
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Why is Russia still resisting the Western dominance? [closed]

First of all, it has been years since the Cold War is over. The neither Soviet Union, not the Russian Empire is coming back. On the other hand, the present-day Russian Federation is crippled by ...
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Why does Russia choose to depend on the Bosporus Strait for shipping?

According to the Wikipedia article on the proposed Istanbul Canal, it is said that the Bosporus has nearly 3 times the amount of ship traffic as the Suez Canal. Presumably this ship traffic comes ...
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Records of Putin calling Ukraine a 'failed state'? [closed]

Vladimir Putin personally considering Ukraine a 'failed state', or 'not really a country', is a commonly accepted fact in ukrainian media. However I don't have an exact quote, and I couldn't find any ...
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Why does the US state interest clash with Russia's and China's but not with other big guns in its alliances?

I can only think of German interest colliding with the USA's in the form of Nordstream pipelines, and Turkish interest colliding with the USA's in the form of trying to liberate its foreign policy in ...
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Why did Russia target the Czech republic? [closed]

Czech Republic–Russia relations (...) the Czech intelligence agencies had concluded that Russian military intelligence officers, namely members of Russian military intelligence GRU's unit 29155, were ...
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Which laws are relevant to evaluate whether the EU might launch further sanctions against Russia in the case of Alexey Navalny?

I reflect on which sanctions might be taken by the EU against Russia since they demonstrate again by the case of Navalny how they treat human rights of the oppostion in Russia. Since my research on ...
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How can Navalny communicate with the outside world from a top security Russian prison?

One of the most important parts of the prison detention, that the convict can not communicate, or only on very limited ways (like once in a month can meet his family or so). Sometimes there are same ...
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Why exactly has Alexei Navalny been denied the status of "Prisoner of conscience" by Amnesty International?

Amnesty International has denied Alexander Navalny the status of Prisoner of conscience because in the past he publicly stated things that were racist, xenophobic and incited violence. What statements ...
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S-400 technology transfer to Turkey

As far as I know, the Turkish proposal to purchase Patriot PAC-3 was refused because Turkey wanted a technology transfer, but the USA didn't want to. Am I correct? If I am correct, then what is going ...
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Why does Russia have so many nuclear weapons? [closed]

In the Cold War, Soviet Russia produced 55,000 nukes, and it made 30,000 warheads in 1991. [Source] Russia became one of the nations to have the largest nuclear stockpile and it has a deteriorating ...

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