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How did Russia manage to get $300 billion of assets trapped in the West? [duplicate]

G7 aims to use frozen Russian assets to help 'desperate' Ukraine STRESA, Italy May 25 (Reuters) - The G7 will explore ways to use the future income from frozen Russian assets to boost funding for war-...
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Why has NATO ignored Russia moving Estonian buoys?

According to the Estonian Police and Border Guard, Russia has moved the buoys from Narva River https://www.politsei.ee/en/news/border-guard-of-the-russian-federation-removed-light-buoys-from-narva-...
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Why did the Iranian president use an old American helicopter?

Why did the Iranian president use such an old helicopter, and for which, being American-made, there were difficulties in procuring spare parts? Why Iran is not buying new Chinese or Russian ...
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Has Putin ever visited Tanya Savicheva's memorial? [closed]

(Not sure if this should be on the History SE) Tanya Savicheva's memorial is apparently well-known in St. Petersburg, which is also where Putin grew up, so he is presumably aware of its existence. Has ...
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Is a tactical nuclear strike against a military target different on a legal standpoint than a tactical nuclear strike against a civilian target?

Putin has faced calls inside Russia from some hardliners to change Russia's nuclear doctrine, which sets out the conditions under which Russia would use a nuclear weapon, though Putin said last year ...
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How does Russia exactly define Russian territory in its state policy?

These Basic Principles represent a strategic planning document in the area of ensuring defence and reflect the official view on the essence of nuclear deterrence, identify military risks and threats ...
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How did Gazprom lose money (in 2023)?

With Nord Stream Shut, Gazprom Posts its Biggest Lost in Two Decades May 2, 2024 Gazprom made more than $22 billion in net profit in 2021, the last year before the war. That dropped to $13 billion in ...
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What prevents Russia from mimicking the Iranian attack against Israel? [closed]

A question that has been bugging me for a while is: why hasn't Russia tested NATO unity by carrying a relatively harmless or deniable attack against a NATO member? Though until recently I imagined ...
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Why has Russia made surprisingly little use of its Air Force in the Russo-Ukrainian war?

Russia has vastly more warplanes than Ukraine does, and its warplanes have suffered only comparatively light casualties in the Russo-Ukrainian war. And, NATO forces have not been willing to put their ...
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How could it be that the head of a Russian region asks officials to pay off debts of its residents?

As someone who has learned Russian, I read news from Russian news agencies from time to time, and one of them is TASS, a state-owned news agency, which has recently published a news article that left ...
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As of 2024, how can Russia escalate the war in Ukraine?

According to this answer for the question Why do Western countries not send more powerful weapons to Ukraine?, Western countries are reluctant also out of fear of conflict escalation: It is not in ...
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Why are there no "calls for Putin to act with tremendous restraint" in response to a terror attack, but many for Netanyahu?

Re 2024Mar Crocus City Hall attack, Ben Shapiro told Piers Morgan: "I don't see a lot of calls for Putin to act with tremendous restraint". See starting 15:11 in Piers Morgan vs Ben Shapiro |...
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How much control does Putin have over the nomination process of the judges to the Supreme Court in Russia?

A university classmate of Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named the sole candidate being considered to take on the role of chief justice of Russia’s Supreme Court, the Russian Agency of ...
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Why did Russia and China veto the recent UN resolution for a ceasefire?

Reuters reported that Russia and China vetoed the UN resolution proposed by US for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war. Given that their apparent stance was pro-ceasefire recently (just like the ...
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Why do Polish people view Russia unfavorably?

Poles hold the most negative views of Russia among all countries included in a new global survey by the Pew Research Center, which also shows that attitudes towards the United States, NATO and the ...
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Why do Russians vote when the elections are rigged?

An election recount is underway in one Russian district after President Vladimir Putin failed to win the vote there, according to local reports. In fact, one of Putin's political rivals in the recent ...
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Why French Action on Ukraine seems so Disconnected from Macron Speech?

In the last few months, French President Macron has repeatedly said that Europe should avoid that Russia win the war with Ukraine see for instance. Also envisaging the send of NATO troops to Ukraine. ...
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Does Ukraine now have access to the Bosporus?

I see contradictory reports on the Internet. Opinions and news seem to have two focal points: Russia has gotten out of the "grain deal", making it impossible for Ukrainian ships to leave ...
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Is it true that Netanyahu did not make any (negative) statements about the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

Russian FM Lavrov said in an interview that he was shocked that former Israeli PM Lapid criticized Russia about their attempts to demilitarize Ukraine (and subsequent "annexation"), when ...
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What's the basis for the rumors that Macron takes cocaine? [closed]

There's a French "observer" to the Russian election who says I think Macron and Zelensky take too much cocaine, and they should stop. So, since the Zelensky angle has been covered before ...
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Did Russia's accomodating position on Israel's military action against Iranian and Hezbollah attacks hurt relations between Russia and Iran?

It appears that the combination of personal high-level diplomacy and Israeli insistence on responding to Iranian and Hezbollah strikes with overwhelming force has been met with understanding in the ...
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Have any Western analysts explained how the crimes for which the ICC recently indicted two Russian commanders, differ from the bombing of Serbia?

Personally I was a bit surprised that the ICC indicted two Russian commanders for the long-range missile attacks in Ukraine, rather than e.g. for the more clear war crimes in Bucha etc. On Tuesday, ...
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What is the official reason for the low error rate of the 100k signature requirement for presidential candidates in Russia

In Russia, you need 100.000 signatures to be allowed to run for presidency. However, if I understood the article below correctly, only 105.000 signatures may be turned in. While the minimal support is ...
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Has Russia clarified what crimes it charges against the judges of the ICC?

Back in September 2023: Russia’s ministry of internal affairs has placed International Criminal Court (ICC) President Piotr Hofmański on its wanted list, according to the ministry’s online database. ...
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Did Iceland suffer any backlash from Russia when it recognized the regained independence of the three Baltic Republics?

At the initiative of Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Iceland was the first country to recognize the regained independence of the three Baltic Republics, Estonia, Latvia and ...
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What is the rationale behind building an expensive and inefficient nuclear power plant on the moon? [closed]

Russia's space agency chief Yuri Borisov said that Russia and China consider putting a nuclear power plant on the Moon in 2033-2035. Trouble is that on the moon there is no atmosphere and too little ...
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Ukraine-Russia - Do relevant world organizations provide an effective negotiation-center for this one, or have a suitable focus on doing so? [closed]

Ukraine-Russia - Do relevant world organizations provide an effective negotiation-center for this one, or have a suitable focus on doing so ? Maybe the core features of a negotiation-center, would be -...
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Why do people in Central Asia view Russia in a positive light?

Available polling indicates that public opinion on the war is divided in Central Asia; many in the region continue to perceive Russia favorably. In one poll conducted in May and June 2022, 86% of ...
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Why would Russia want to avoid a "disabling" arms race with the West?

This strategic reality will prompt the new Russian leadership, of whatever composition and persuasion, to initiate a de-escalation of tensions in its Nordic-Baltic neighborhood in order to avoid a ...
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Why Russia is not launching another attack from the north on Ukraine? [closed]

Recently, Russia has made progress in the war in the eastern four provinces of Ukraine. However, what puzzles me is why Russia is not launching further offensives near Belgorod and Kharkiv, leaving ...
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Which European countries have laws that closely resemble the Russian law against discrediting the armed forces?

European countries have a more restrictive interpretation of free speech than the US in some regards, e.g. many criminalize Holocaust denial etc. Are there some European countries whose laws (in that ...
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Is there any agreement that allows China to use Russian naval bases for its military cooperation?

Over the past decade, China and Russia have transformed Europe’s maritime security seascape through their military basing access and port investments across maritime Europe — from the Baltic and Black ...
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Why did the West impose sanctions on Russia for the death of Navalny, but not on Ukraine for the death of Lira?

The attention that Navalny got from US and EU governments, politicians and mass media was significantly more pronounced, than when Gonzalo Lira died in captivity, in a Ukrainian jail. Considering that ...
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To what extent are Russia and China cooperating instead of competing in Central Asia to increase their influence in the region?

Thanks to an influx of investment and a sharp surge in transit volumes, additional funds have begun to flow into the budgets of the Central Asian countries. This has led not only to economic growth, ...
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Have household savings in Russia increased since 2022? [closed]

We had a bit of a discussion on a recent question whether Russian workers are being "enriched" by the war. In the US, during WW2 here was rationing etc., which resulted in reduced ...
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Two years after the breakout of Ukraine war, is/how is Russia successful in sustaining its economy (now even growing?) and the war?

Since 2022, Russia has received huge amount of Western economic sanctions. The war itself is money-burning. I understand that war may stimulate military-related economy as explained in this VOA ...
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Is the requirement of being aligned with the EU's foreign policy in order to join it written into law?

The threat Russia poses in the Western Balkans should not be exaggerated. Virulent nationalist rhetoric aside, Serbia is not beholden to the Kremlin but rather is hedging its bets, as it has done for ...
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Which body of the Russian Federation is investigating the Nord Stream sabotage?

It's been mentioned a number of times in the Western press, quoting or paraphrasing brief snippets from Russian officials that Russia is conducting its own probe/investigation into the Nord Stream ...
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Who were Sarkozy's "high-powered advisers with ethnic Russian backgrounds"?

RFERL wrote in 2008: By throwing his weight behind Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's calls for an OSCE summit in 2009 to discuss a new "security architecture" for Europe, Sarkozy ignored ...
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Did anybody challenge the credibility of Turner's claim over the anti-satellite nuclear weapon? [closed]

According to the news US Senator Mike Turner claimed that the Russians were developing a nuclear anti-satellite weapon to be deployed in space. The linked article cited an expert called Pavel Podvig ...
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How can the US prevent Russia from deploying nukes in orbit/space without starting WW3? [closed]

NYT reported on Feb 14: Officials said that the new intelligence, which they did not describe in detail, raised serious questions about whether Russia was preparing to abandon the Outer Space Treaty ...
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Did Yeltsin participate in formal debates against other candidates for the Russian presidency?

Somewhat related to this Q, I found that Yeltsin had been challenged by Zyuganov to a televised debate in 1996. I wasn't able to find out if Yeltsin ever took on that challenge. So, did he? Or is ...
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Is there any NGO based in Russia that didn't get listed as a foreign agent while accepting donation from abroad?

In 2013 the Levada Center reported it received from 1.5% to 3% of its total budget from abroad.[11] It was issued with a public warning that it would be eligible for listing as a 'foreign agent' under ...
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Is there any precedent of the Russian president skipping a debate during the presidential elections?

The Kremlin confirmed Tuesday that President Vladimir Putin will not take the stage to debate his rivals in Russia's March presidential election. “Everyone can see Putin’s statements on all aspects of ...
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What was (roughly) the frequency of official Hamas visits to Moscow during the Trump presidency?

According to a couple of sources, top-level Hamas delegations visited Moscow at the Russian government's invitation in March 2023 and in September 2022. The latter of these sources surmises that Hamas ...
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What are the benefits Russia may gain from a strong relationship with Mongolia?

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, Mongolia's trade with Russia declined by 80% and China's relations and influence over Mongolia increased.[7] However, Russia ...
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Why was Russia against NATO enlargement?

Then lastly on Sweden. First of all, it is historic that now Finland is member of the Alliance. And we have to remember the background. The background was that President Putin declared in the autumn ...
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Did Putin ever talk with Zelensky directly after Zelensky became president?

Putin in his recent interview with Tucker Carlson said that he talked with Zelensky about Zelensky's father, who, according to Putin, fought in WWII (it turned out that the father of Zelensky was ...
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What does China have to gain from having a neutral stance concerning the ownership of the Kuril islands?

People's Republic of China once supported the Soviet Union's claim over the islands in the 1950s, however, after the Sino-Soviet split in the 1960s, China then turned to support Japanese sovereignty ...
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Did any Western country condemn Japan for pursuing energy deals with Russia?

Although Japan has reduced its Russian energy imports since Moscow's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, it has kept stakes in several fossil fuel projects in the country for its energy security. &...
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