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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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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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Why hasn't the EU approved Russia's COVID vaccine yet? [closed]

Hungary started to administer the Russain-developed Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines recently while the EU did not authorize it yet (see e.g. https://www.euronews.com/2021/02/20/sputnik-v-why-hasn-t-the-eu-...
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Why are American billionaires (or billionaires outside of Russia for that matter) not referred to as oligarchs? [duplicate]

Background The term Russian Oligarch is a common phrase used in American media as well as British Media. In addition, it is a phrase used in Russia as well according to Sergei Guriev and Andrei ...
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Why hasn't Russia or China come up with any system yet to bypass USD?

China urged to tap RCEP trade deal for future digital payments system as US sanctions loom China should consider using digital technology to develop an alternative to the SWIFT financial payments ...
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Why is there different policies from the USA for Turkey vs Greece/ India? [closed]

Russian S-300s used by 3 NATO member countries According to the above link, the Russian S-300 missile defense system is being used by three NATO countries: Greece, Bulgaria, and Slovakia. the USA ‘...
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Which laboratories confirmed Navalny was poisoned by Novichok?

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-09-14/german-govt-labs-confirm-navalny-was-poisoned-with-novichok The German government said tests by labs in France and Sweden backed up findings by a ...
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Who controlled the Soviet Army when the Russian Federation was created?

At 41m55s in this video, it is said that after the Russian Supreme Council voted to leave the USSR there was a period of dual authority. During this period when the Soviet Union wasn't completely ...
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Has Russia considered accepting migrants that want to reach Europe?

This article argues that Russia, like many other countries, faces a population decline that must be tackled sooner or later: The shrinking of Russia’s population overall, and especially the working-...
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Were there any thaws in the post 2000 US-Russian relationship?

Background I have recently become interested in the triangle US-Russia-China. For the Chinese-American relationship there are many analyses that provide ostensible patterns of freeze and thaw, such as ...
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In Russia, what happens if there is only one candidate in an election?

Russian cleaner sweeps to power in surprise village vote This story includes the following paragraph: When no-one in the village signed-up to challenge Nikolai Loktev, who's from the pro-Kremlin ...
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Why would Putin propose a non-interference pact?

On the news there are articles about Putin proposing the pact with the US. First, pacts don't guarantee anything. Secondly, I didn't hear that Russia felt a lot of meddling in their own elections. And ...
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Why do Crimeans think so differently of Russia compared to the people of Donetsk/Luhansk?

Crimea overwhelmingly voted to join Russia in 2014, and even in retrospect, Crimean public opinion is strongly in favor of joining Russia (source, source). Comparatively, the rest of Ukraine - ...
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Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Ukraine was part of the USSR and made themselves independent. Vladimir Putin called the separation of the USSR a "major geopolitical disaster of the century". I am aware of the Russian ...
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What would Alexander Lukashenko gain from a referendum on Belarus joining the Russian Federation?

In response to the protests regarding the Belarusian presidential election, Lukashenko in early September pondered the possibility of a referendum on Belarus joining the Russian Federation. Suppose ...
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What are the implications of the poisoning of Alexey Navalny with respect to the proliferation and use of banned chemical weapons?

On November 28th 2019, as a consequence of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) updated its Chemical Weapons ...
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Why is the international community concerned about the poisoning of Alexei Navalny? [closed]

Angela Merkel recently condemned the alleged poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny: "It is shocking information about the attempted murder by poison of one of Russia's leading ...
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What is Russia's position on China copying its Flanker jets?

We saw that the USA is very vocal about China infringing on the law of intellectual property of the USA. What is Russia's position on China copying its Flanker jets?
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What are Russia's views on nuclear proliferation in South Asia?

I am going to attend a Mock UN session soon, so any fast answers optionally with sources would be amazing. South Asia has been a region of conflict since a long time, but things are heating up a lot. ...
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Why did Putin allow Alexey Navalny to be transferred from Russia to Germany? [closed]

Alexey Navalny, Russia's (Putin's) opposition leader, was transferred yesterday from Siberia to Berlin for emergency treatment (for a suspected poisoning). Russian doctors permitted him to be ...
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What would Russia have to gain from interfering with the US presidential election?

There were quite a few allegations that Russia interfered, or at least tried to interfere, with the 2016 US presidential election, and new allegations have started to appear that similar interference ...
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What are the political implications of buying a russian airgun as a european citizen? [closed]

I'm considering buying a russian-made airgun, the Baikal mp 61. I'm a European citizen and usually I try to support companies in Europe. In this case, I don't find any other western designs that ...
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How can India keep a balance of relationship with both Russia and the USA after signing 4 pacts with the USA? [closed]

Historically India has very good relationships with USSR/Russia. India uses a lot of Soviet/Russian weapons, aircraft, ships, and sub-systems. In recent years, India decided to shed its non-aligned ...
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What are the findings of the ISC report into Russian interference in UK politics?

Now that the Prime Minister has nominated the members of the Information & Security Committee, the committee has elected a chair (not without controversy) and authorised the release of the long-...
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Why have China and Russia gone down different paths?

During the 70s China decided to go for economic development and industrialization. The eventual goal was to become an economic superpower. On the other hand, Russia continued to behave like a massive ...
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Does/can the West manipulate Russian politics? [closed]

Russia is said to be involved in the manipulation of the elections and politics of various countries in the West. Did the West ever manipulate Russian politics? Is the West able to manipulate Russian ...
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What's the difference between paying someone to kill another country's soldiers, and arming that someone to kill another country's soldiers?

This question is inspired by this New York Times article. The crux of the article is that some Russians think if the GRU are paying the Taliban bounties to kill US soldiers (something denied by both ...
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In the 2020 constitutional referendum, what factors explain the low approval in Nenets Autonomous Okrug?

In the 2020 Russian constitutional referendum, official reports state that Russia-wide, 78% of voters approved and 22% rejected the new constitution. I noticed that in one federal subject, according ...
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Why is France upset with Turkey's presence, but not Russia's presence, in Libya?

This question was inspired by this answer I wrote. Never heard Macron saying anything against Russians while they are bombarding Turkey with accusations. I am confused, however, about why France is ...
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Why haven't Ukraine and Russia declared war? [duplicate]

Ukraine and Russia have technically been at war since 2014 but neither has declared war publicly. What's the reason not to declare war if it even mentioned in the Wikipedia?
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Did Putin really write his recent article for The National Interest, written in English, on his own?

I just came across an article by Putin in The National Interest and got quite impressed by his English writing proficiency. As an undergraduate student learning English, I know how much time and ...
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What stops the US from getting Open Skies data from its allies?

Recently there's been news about how the US is intending to pull out of the Open Skies treaty, which allows participating nations to perform unarmed reconnaissance flights over each other's airspace. ...
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“Putin enters a bar and proclaims, 'Next round's on the house!'” What's the point of this popular Russian joke?

I'm a student learning the Russian language, and I visit a popular Russian jokes website from time to time. There's a monthly rating list of new jokes on that website, and last month the top joke on ...
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Why do local Russian authorities set Siberian forests on fire?

I am a student learning the Russian language, and today I read the following news: В Усть-Куте местные жители в Верхнем подрайоне поймали за поджогами леса поджигателей. Ими оказались первый ...
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What other EU countries' population (besides Italy) see China and/or Russia as their best friend(s) and Germany as their worst enemy?

An Euractiv article, points to SWG a poll among Italians that finds China and Russia being considered friendly countries now in Italy while Germany and France are seen as enemies: (One can't help but ...
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Did Russia actually change the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in the US?

Before you press the "close" button, hear me out. My question is: was there a non-partisan assessment as to whether Russia's influence campaign not just helped Trump get elected but made his ...
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Saudis vs Russia on oil: Saudis wanted lower production, but are now doing the opposite. What's going on? [duplicate]

From what I understand the Saudis wanted to reduce oil production and increase price, and Russia did not. So, to punish Russia, they are increasing production and reducing the price. This strikes me ...
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Why has Russia declined OPEC's request to cut oil production?

On Friday, Russia declined to participate in a plan devised by the Saudi-led Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to cut oil production levels, in order to keep oil prices steady ...
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How is Russia able to maintain the 2nd most powerful military in the world at a fraction of the cost of the US & China?

The 2020 Military Strength Rankings list Russia's military as #2 in strength: United States Russia China However, their defense budget rankings show that Russia's only #8 in spending: United States ...
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In what respect exactly is Turkey accusing Russia of violating their agreement in Syria?

Breaking news on the BBC is that Assad's army and Turkey's military have exchanged significant shelling in the past couple of days. It's also mentioned that: In 2017, Turkey and Russia signed a "...
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Why does Russia have so little / no formal recognition of animal suffering or sentience?

According to this Wikipedia map, Russia appears in the following category when it comes to "World laws pertaining to animal sentience": No recognition of animal sentience or suffering This is ...
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Is there a reason to think Putin must have a hidden agenda in proposing reforms to Russia's constitution? [duplicate]

If I look only at the facts, it seems that: Putin is transferring some power from the President to others (i.e. he's giving up power) Putin has said Russia should not have Soviet-style leaders-for-...
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Why do so many Russians approve of Joseph Stalin's regime?

I read polls suggesting that 70% of Russians today support Joseph Stalin's actions when he was in charge of the Soviet Union as its Premier. Why is his approval rating so high in Russia despite of all ...
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What is the purpose of initiating the recent changes in the Russian Federation resulting in the “Russian Government Resigning”?

Recently (mid January 2020), there has been much press about the government of the Russian Federation "resigning". From what I understand, these changes were initiated by current Russian Federation ...
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What is meant by “the Russian Government Resigned”?

There have been a number of headlines about the Russian government resignation. This American ABC News article is one example. The reason I ask is that, I don't know the mechanism of the Russian ...
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What would happen to the impeachment process (in the current state), if Russia admitted election meddling? [closed]

This is hypothetical, but I am still wondering: What would happen to the currently "halted" (How long can the Speaker of the House wait to pass the impeachment to the Senate?) impeachment process, if ...
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Did Putin admit to giving the order to send the “little green men” into Crimea in an interview?

In this video journalist Julia Ioffe said that in a "state-sponsored documentary" that aired on "Channel 1", supposedly "the main Kremlin TV channel", Russian president Putin said that he gave the ...

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