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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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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. Regardless of the questions that have been raised ...
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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?
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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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What's putin point of view about the revolution of 1917? [duplicate]

After doing some research i concluded that putin sees himself as tsar of all Russia. This means that putin appreciate more the Tsars era than the sovietic era. Why do sees himself in that title as we ...
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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 about how polls suggest that 70% of Russians today support the actions Joseph Stalin's actions when he was in charge of the Soviet Union. Why is his approval rating so high in Russia despite of ...
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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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Do extra-territorial laws violate some basic principle of democracy?

The US Congress has recently passed a law penalizing foreign companies and individuals in Europe for working on a gas-pipeline from Russia to Germany. This law affects non-US citizens in Europe and ...
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Communicating the Nord Stream 2 sanctions

The US has moved to sanction companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which transports gas directly from Russia to Germany. At a glance over German and European news, the US public ...
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Did Durham tell the IG he had no evidence of Mifsud being a US intelligence asset?

Michael Horowitz, the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Justice, just finished conducting an investigation into the opening of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, and the FISA warrants ...
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What's going on with the lawsuit against Concord Management? [closed]

Last year (2018), the US federal government indicted Concord Management & Consulting LLC in relation to the alleged Russian social media campaign to meddle/undermine/influence the 2016 US ...
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Is the postponement of the release of the Intelligence Security Committee’s report on Russian interference in UK elections abnormal?

Over the last couple of weeks, there has been criticism of the government over the decision to postpone the release of the report until parliament reconvenes after the election. This comes despite the ...
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Why is the US concerned about Turkey's S-400 deal? [duplicate]

Is this for being concerned about Turkey's self-defense capabilities or is it more about that Russia competes with the U.S on arm deals? What reasons does the US havefor being concerned about Turkey'...
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When was the investigation into Donald Trump and Russian collaboration first made public and by who?

When was the first public claim about Trump being investigated by the Obama administration for collaborating with Russia in the 2016 election made, and who announced or reported it? It would be great ...
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Has the Trump administration enforced sanctions related to the Skripal poisonings?

This question is sort of a follow up to Russian sanctions under Trump ; in short, have Russian sanctions related to the Skripal poisonings actually been implemented/enforced? Background on this ...
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What are the thresholds for an organization to be declared a foreign agent in Russia?

E.g. Wikipedia gives as example: Levada Center, Russia's only independent polling agency, received between 3 and 1.5% of its total budget from abroad.[27] It was issued with a public warning that ...
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Has Russia said anything about helping Syria fight Turkey, now that the SDF has allowed Assad's army to move north?

Apparently the Kurds have struck a deal with Assad's government. The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria said the Syrian army would deploy along the entire length of the border as part of ...
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Have the US and Russia (or USSR before it) co-vetoed a UN resolution before today?

In an interesting development today regarding the latest Turkish operation in northern Syria. The U.N. Security Council failed to agree on a statement on Turkey's counterterrorism operation in Syria ...
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How can Germany increase investments in Russia while EU economic sanctions against Russia are still in place?

According to Wikipedia EU economical sanctions against Russia are still in place: The sanctions by the European Union and United States continue to be in effect as of May 2019. In July 2018, the ...
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Shouldn't countries like Russia and Canada support global warming?

Shouldn't these countries benefit from it? Shouldn't they want heat to melt the ice?
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Why does Russia bother to justify the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact?

According to this Guardian article, Russia is trying to justify the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact which is a very complex matter that was not even recognized until the end of the Soviet Union: Eighty ...
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Could EU join the Eurasian Economic Union?

I am sort of interested in political (and economic) possibilities of the EU joining the Eurasian Economic Union. This is of course sort of an alternative to Russia joining EU as was asked about in ...
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Was the Russian Federation ever an actual democracy?

Currently, it is a pretty established fact that Russia isn't a democracy. According to the vast majority of American news sources covering last year's Russian elections there, they are fake. However, ...
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Did the USA violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty?

America and Russia recently abandoned the INF treaty, with both sides blaming each other. Since then I've heard that the US has tested short-range missiles. I read headlines and thought: It's ok, as ...
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Russian military bases in Germany: judicially possible? [closed]

The US has many military bases in Germany, e.g. 34 Army bases, Ramstein Airbase, etc. Discounting politics, what would be judicial hurdles to setting up a Russian military base in Germany? Is there ...
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Why are governments spending so much resources on fighting forest fires? [closed]

It has been recently reported that: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (July 31) called in the military to fight forest fires that have been raging across vast expanses of Siberia for ...
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What does this Boris Johnson article mean? How we can interpret it? [closed]

Recently, Boris Johnson wrote an article in response to Putin's speech about liberalism: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/06/30/will-prove-vladimir-putin-wrong-leaving-eu-october-31/ There ...
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How do Russians [especially Russian Muslims] understand Putin's disapproval of 'multiculturalism'?

The BBC has reported that, at the G20 summit, Russia's president Vladimir Putin remarked that liberalism is obsolete. Which should be no surprise to anyone. The curious part of this criticism of ...
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If Russia intentionally shot down flight MH-17, what would be the benefit to Russia? [closed]

Four suspects, three Russians and one Ukrainian, have been charged with the shooting-down of flight MH-17. If Russia intentionally shot down this plane, in what way would this benefit Russia? That ...
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How does Turkey's purchase of the S-400 anti-air system jeopardize the F-35?

(Not sure if this is the right place for the question, but the roots of it are political.) From what I've seen, Turkey's decision to buy the Russian S-400 anti-air system has jeopardized its ...
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Soviet or Russian equivalent of the Church Committee?

Following the Watergate scandal in 1972, the US senate created a select committee (the Church Committee) to investigate the abuse of power by US intelligence agencies. Has there ever been a Soviet ...
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What is the current official view of Lenin and Stalin in Russia today?

How are the historical roles of Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin portrayed officially, for example in schoolbooks? I can imagine the spectrum on answers is, indeed, broad? But the question on current ...
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Why did Turkey not wait until after acquiring US F-35 before initiating talks with Russia about S-400? [closed]

The United States has blocked shipment of F-35 technology to Turkey over a Turkish decision to purchase S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russia. Why didn't Turkey wait until they had ...
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(Why) is Armenia's CEPA not perceived as threatening by Russia?

A CFR article/interview claims that Armenia's 2017 Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with the EU is not perceived as threatening by Russia. If this is correct, it is a bit ...
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Why did Russia join the World Trade Organization so late?

According to Wikipedia, Russia joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) on August 2012. This is quite late, as all major economies had already joined the organization for some time. I am wondering ...

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