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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. For questions about the Soviet Union (USSR), use tag: [soviet-union].

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Why is ex-East Germany more tolerant towards Russia than many other ex Warsaw Pact countries?

I am happy to be corrected that this is not the case, but from fairly frequent news items it seems to me that sentiment towards Russia in historic East Germany isn't all that negative. Or at least is ...
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How does the indignation of the Russo-Ukrainian War compare to the Iraq War?

I was only born in 2001. I know London and DC had enormous protests, but none of the details. So eyewitness accounts are great but I need historical data too. With the triumph of YouTube I can follow ...
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Would it be possible for NATO to intercept russian cruise missiles over the Ukraine from NATO airspace, and avoid becoming a party of the war? [closed]

In media reports and discussions, the impossibility of a no-fly zone was discussed since the current (2022) war in Ukraine started. Basically, a no-fly zone would entail NATO jets shooting down ...
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Would a tit-for-tat retaliation against Russian civilian infrastructure be a violation of the Geneva convention?

Ukraine is currently suffering from a series of Russian attacks against civilian infrastructure, which might soon result in the entire country not having access to electricity. Does the Geneva ...
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Can Russia dam, desalinize and drain the Sea of Azov, like the dutch? [closed]

The sea of azov is now under full russian control, and the canal that causes it to not be a lake is significantly less than the land the Dutch zeederzee canal had to to cross. Could the Russians dam ...
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What effects can the nuclear attack on a non-nuclear country have on the deterrence and nonproliferation?

The media occasionally mentions the possibility of the Russian Federation using a tactical nuclear bomb in Ukraine. The last and only case like that was back in August 1945, and after the Soviet Union ...
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What will be the practical implications if European Parliament designates Russian Federation a state sponsor of terrorism?

Today (as of the time this question is created) there will be a vote in the European Parliament on this. If the designation is supported, then I wonder what the practical implications will be if any. ...
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Does Snowden's Russian citizenship change his status internationally?

Edward Snowden was granted Russian citizenship in September 2022. He is actively sought by the US authorities and I was wondering whether this new citizenship can help him should he be outside Russia. ...
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Are there Western double standards for international relations? [closed]

Russian diplomats often bring attention to the "West" often using double standards in the political evaluation of conflict. As an example Crimea: The 1974 Comorian independence referendum ...
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Why do many officials in Russia and Ukraine often prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia"?

I've noticed that many officials in both Russia and Ukraine prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia". (I believe most outside the former USSR ...
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Could the Russian Federation really have tested a nuclear weapon without anyone noticing? [closed]

In an interview with Kurbanova Live, Russian blogger and a former political scientist Valery Solovei has made the claim that the Russian Federation has performed a test of a nuclear weapon on November ...
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Would Sweden and Turkey as members of the NATO be a sort of follow-up on the 1739 Swedish-Ottoman alliance against the Empire of Russia? [closed]

From Wikipedia, 1739 in Sweden Sweden form an alliance with the Ottoman Empire against the Empire of Russia. This is the first alliance between the Ottoman Empire and a Christian nation. (I thought ...
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Does the US government consider a prolonged war in Ukraine as a geopolitical advantage for the US against Russia?

According to Washington Post, the US government is asking Ukraine to be more open to negotiations with the current Russian regime: The Biden administration is privately encouraging Ukraine’s leaders ...
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What exactly is the Valdai Discussion Club and has it been playing a role in the current geopolitical situation?

Having briefly browsed their website, I'm still not sure what exactly the Valdai Discussion club is. Who are its members, what do they do, and what role, if any, has it been playing in the Russian ...
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What can the Indian government do to help Indian students in Ukraine amid the war situation? [closed]

Indian students in Ukraine (mostly studying medicine) have been recently advised to return to India shortly after many of them went back to their Ukrainian universities. Many students had been ...
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Is Russia on the rise to become the new economic world power? Is the war situation paving a way towards it? [closed]

I want to understand the current stance of Russia & its future economic leadership potential. After listening to the speech by Putin at the recent Valdai Discussion Club (transcript attached), I'...
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Why did Denmark, Sweden, and Germany reject a joint investigation offered by Russia?

Why did Denmark, Sweden, and Germany reject a joint investigation offered by Russia regarding the explosion of the NordStream pipeline? What are their respective problems?
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Why is Russia still allowed to be in United Nations? [closed]

I've seen UN Sustainable Development Goals. They are all worthy of doing and lofty. Countries often impose those goals on the population by introducing regulation. Meanwhile Russia seems to be against ...
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Why doesn't Russia have any share in the world's large passenger jet market? [closed]

I am talking about the pre-2014 situation of the Russian Federation, not sanction-ridden Russia. The world's passenger jet market has only two players: Boeing and Airbus. The Russian Federation has ...
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Who is the target audience of Russia's October 2022 claims about dirty bombs?

In recent days (October 2022), Russia has intensified claims that Ukraine is working on 'dirty' radioactive weapons, i.e. radioactive isotopes dispersed by conventional explosives. Who is the primary (...
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Any official Russian statement concerning Nord Stream sabotage?

On October 29, 2022, various European news agencies such as Reuters published articles claiming that the Russian Ministry of Defense had specifically accused UK special forces of sabotaging the Nord ...
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Are power plants legitimate military targets under international law?

I've seen clips and articles stating that recent Russian attacks on Ukrainian power plants amount to "War Crimes". This seems right to me but I couldn't find any resource explicitly ...
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Russia re-integration into the West possible? [closed]

After the Russo-Ukrainian war ends, what is the probability for Russia, or territories from former Russia, to re-integrate with the West (e.g. pre-Russian Revolution) and what steps would be necessary ...
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Will NATO act on article 5 if Russia attacks west of Ukraine with nuclear weapons? [duplicate]

If Russia attacks west of Ukraine with nuclear weapons, the radiations may reach neighboring countries like Poland or Romania. In this case, the area of the neighboring country will be hit by the ...
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What reasons were given for the region-based funding of Russian recruitment/mobilization drives?

This is a bit superseded by the recent partial mobilization in Russia, but I am still a bit confused by Russian federal subjects (regions) being asked to fund recruitment. (July 30th) Russia is ...
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What is the scientific definition of the current social/economic order of Russian Federation?

It may be some specific kind of capitalism, because the private property still exists. But I am puzzled by the absence of the democracy, free press, multiple parties, democratic elections - something ...
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What is the logic behind Putin's nuclear mobilization? [closed]

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-nuclear-weapons-train-video/ https://nypost.com/2022/10/03/putin-deploys-worlds-largest-submarine-nuclear-convoy/ Putin is mobilizing his strategic nuclear weapons ...
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How could SpaceX prevent military use of their satellites while preserving free speech absolutism?

According to Western media, citing Russian officials, Russia has somewhat transparently threatened to attack SpaceX satellites. September 19, 2022 A Russian representative named Konstantin Vorontsov ...
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What is behind Ukraine's unwavering stance regarding the outcome of the war [closed]

With the exception of March when Ukraine wasn't so sure it could fend off what seemed like a relentless Russian advance and was thus willing to make quite a few concessions, its position regarding the ...
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What does the West gain by not letting Russia swallow Ukraine? [closed]

I sort of get the official reasons why the West did not just let Russia to just swallow Ukraine: Invading other countries and taking what's not yours is bad (even if some of it used to be yours in ...
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Why would Russia damage their own gas pipelines?

Much the West has accused Russia of being behind the damage the pipelines in the Baltic sea providing gas to Europe. However, why would they do this? If they wanted to deprive Europe of gas, could ...
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Would it be possible for Russia to "unannex" parts of Ukraine?

How easy is it now for Russia to undo their annexation of the parts of Ukraine that they recently took or at least laid claim to? e.g. if there was a change of leadership to someone not in favour of ...
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How is the Chinese officialdom, press, or intelligentsia discussing Russia's possible use of nuclear weapons in the Ukraine war?

It's certainly known that the Chinese press and officials have openly blamed NATO and the USA more specifically for the war in Ukraine. On the other hand, China officially has a "no first use&...
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Has NATO recently threatened to nuke Russia?

In his 2022-09-21 speech (archived copy with https here), Putin referred to statements made by some high-ranking representatives of the leading NATO countries on the possibility and admissibility of ...
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Why would Gazprom operate (the maintenance of) TurkStream through a Dutch subsidiary?

According to Gazprom (as quoted by RFERL) the Dutch government has suspended the license of South Stream Transport B.V., which apparently is a Gazprom subsidiary registered in the Netherlands. South ...
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Does Gazprom or Russia confirm that one of the Nord Stream 2 pipes is still (theoretically) operational after the recent pipe breakage incidents? [closed]

According to the New York Times, during the recent mystery events, both pipes of Nord Stream 1 were severed, whereas only one of Nord Stream 2's pair was. Does Gazprom or Russia confirm this state of ...
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Which countries do have both a motive and a capability of disrupting Nord Stream?

Although the circumstances of the recent leaks in the North Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea near Bornholm are still not totally clear, the temporal coincidence of multiple leaks suggest that some ...
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Will Ukraine jeopardize its position as a country waging a war of self-defense if it attacks deep inside Russian territory? [closed]

The U.S. and some European countries have not provided Ukraine with long-range weapons capable of striking inside Russian borders. The official reason for the hesitancy is to prevent any further ...
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Why did the EU not let developing countries outside the EU to import fertilizers from Russia?

He pointed out that the bloc had eased curbs to let in Russian fertilizers to Europe, but was unwilling to do the same for developing countries outside the continent. “Using the opportunity, I ask UN ...
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Would transporting parts for a military radar instead of "missile parts" aboard a passenger aircraft make any difference under international law?

According to Wikipedia: On 10 October 2012, Turkish Air Force F-16s intercepted a Syrian Air Airbus A320, flight RB442 from Moscow to Damascus, in Turkish airspace and forced it to land at Esenboğa ...
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Association referenda in Luhansk and Donetsk: What % of the population of the balloted areas are first-language Russian speakers?

Of the population of the areas of Ukraine, now occupied by Russia, where ballots are being conducted, what percentage speak Russian - as opposed to Ukrainian - as their first language?
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What is the limit of the weapons that President Biden can authorize sending to Ukraine?

President Biden announced that he will not send combat troops to fight in Ukraine. That he does not want to have US armed men in the line of fire means that he also would not want to put US civilians ...
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Have anti-Ukraine-war parties in Russia explained what their preferred end state looks like?

There're definitely people in Russia who are against the "special military operation" - c.f. protests after Putin ordered a partial mobilization. Have any of these people explained what ...
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How many Russian politicians send their own children to the war in Ukraine?

Today Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a "partial mobilisation", hoping to add 300,000 more soldiers to the war in Ukraine. This follows the success of Ukraine's counter-offensive, ...
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What's the balance of (pro-)Russian forces in Ukraine between regular Russian units and Wagner, LPR+DPR armies etc.?

Are there some official Russian figures and/or Western estimates on what in the balance of (pro-)Russian forces engaged in Ukraine? Basically, how many are regular Russian forces vs various other ...
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Why does Putin refer to the Ukraine invasion as a 'Special Operation'? [duplicate]

Putin has several times referred to Russia's occupation of Ukraine as a 'Special Operation' rather than a full fledged war, although it looks to be very much like the latter. But why does he refer to ...
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What is "crypto-mobilization"?

For the past few days, the Institute for the Study of War has been mentioning "crypto-mobilization" in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. For example: Russian officials ...
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Where are the ships with Ukrainian grain?

Recently, I've read an article on Politico about those ships with grain: "Excluding Turkey as the mediator country, almost all the grain exported from Ukraine is flowing not to the poorest ...
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Soviet funding for Communists

Russia has spent over $300 million on influencing foreign elections since 2014, US officials say How does this amount compare with the money that the USSR spent on supporting various communist parties ...
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Can the U.S. punish Russia without escalating the war if it chooses to fire artillery shells at Ukraine for the next 10 years? [closed]

Can the U.S. punish Russia in any way if it chooses to fire artillery shells at Ukraine for the next 10 years? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrMiSQAGOS4 Mersheimer predicted that Russia will seek to ...
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