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Is the Ruble exchange rate a reliable indicator of economic stability in Russia?

Back in February 2022, it seemed like the Ruble would rapidly collapse. However, nowadays, the USD/RUB exchange rate looks better than at any time in the past year: You could argue that this is a &...
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Did Russia once want to join NATO? Does former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov refer to a serious interest in the past?

In CNN's April 15, 2022 He was once Putin's Prime Minister. Now he supports Ukraine after 05:30 former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov says (my transcription, no closed captions available): I'...
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Exit strategies for the Ukraine war

For weeks now the war has appeared to drag on with protracted fighting and a slow-moving front. Russia's attempt of taking Kyiv and replacing the government has failed, and given the Ukrainian resolve ...
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Whose photos are carried by Vladimir Putin and those by his side in the May 9, 2022 Moscow Victory Day Parade and what are their significance?

After 04:13, CNN's May 10, 2022 video What exactly is Putin's 'doomsday plane'? shows footage of the Russian president and those by his side carrying small placards with black and white photographic ...
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Is there any value for Russians in completely eliminating the Ukrainian resistance at Azovstal, Mariupol?

In Mariupol, the Russian troops have completely levelled the city and just leave a small pocket of Ukrainian resistance at Azovstal. Since Russians have completely encircled the steel mill and the ...
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Why can't Hungary import oil from somewhere other than Russia without "ruin[ing] the Hungarian economy"?

Hungary is opposing a EU proposal to cut Russian oil imports by the end of this year. Their government said that doing so would "ruin the Hungarian economy". I see that they import some 60% ...
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Can the difference in development between India and China be explained on one of them (China) embracing free markets before the other?

They both have similar levels of population although one is projected to rival the USA for superpower status while the other still has huge rates of poverty. Authoritarian countries seem to have ...
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What are some non-partisan sources about the relative balance of power in the Russia-Ukraine conflict?

Before the war everyone was saying Russia would just walk right in; now everybody makes a big kerfuffle about every Ukrainian tactical victory. What are good analyses on what the strategic situation ...
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What arguments do Russia-critics offer to support their view that Russia is committing genocide?

Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, many critics of Russia have argued that this war is a genocide against the Ukranian people. I don't feel the need to provide any evidence for this, but ...
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Bombing Ukraine president location [duplicate]

I have read multiple news stories that, at the beginning of the war, Russia knew of Volodymyr Zelenskyy's location. They tried to send assassination squads to kill him but failed. A few weeks back ...
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What are the terms of the agreement between Russia and Denmark on the militarization of Bornholm?

In a Danish newspaper article it is mentioned that the Russian ambassador implies that there is a treaty regarding troops on Bornholm. The Danish government denies this. What is the article referring ...
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Difference between Western sanctions and Russia's choice to stop oil & gas

Just to be clear, I am neither in favour of Russia's war nor arguing against punishing it for the invasion. However, I have noticed a difference in rhetoric around what seems to me to be similar sorts ...
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Is Russia notified before prominent visits to Kyiv?

There has been several prominent visits to Kyiv since the war started, including U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, UK prime minister Boris Johnson, and United ...
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Why does Russia insist on oil payments in rubles and Europe refuses? [duplicate]

Many European countries import oil and/or gas from Russia. Russia demands payment in rubles, the European countries mostly insist on payment in Euros. I'm sure both sides have good reasons, but I don'...
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Statements on reasons to vote against US H. R. 6930, a bill to confiscate assets from sanctioned Russian oligarchs & use the funds to support Ukraine

What are the reasons that 8 US Representatives holding very different political views voted against US H. R. 6930, a bill to confiscate assets from sanctioned Russian oligarchs and use the funds to ...
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Russian gas delivery stop — difference between Poland/Bulgaria and other EU customers?

On 2022-04-27, the Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom has ceased gas deliveries to Poland and Bulgaria, after they refused to henceforth pay for the gas in ruble rather than the currency ...
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Why do many Republicans seem to minimize Russian invasion of Ukraine? [closed]

After Russia invaded Ukraine 2 months ago it has become increasingly clear how horrendous the invasion is, with bombing of civilian targets, executions of civilians (including children), rapes, ...
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American Companies against Russia [closed]

One of the things that happened with the Ukraine-Russia war was the exodus of American companies from Russia. Standard oil of New Jersey kept supplying Hitler oil till the very end during his Russian ...
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Why doesn't Russia assassinate Zelenskyy with a rocket? [closed]

Remember Dzhokhar Dudaev? He led the Chechens during their first uprising against Russia in die 90s and was assassinated by Russia in 1996 who used a rocket to kill him in the streets of Grozny. ...
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Has the Chinese government indicated what is the "red line" in the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

This answer suggests that should Russia use a nuclear strike in Ukraine, even China would condemn it: By using weapons of mass destruction Russia would be condemned not just by the West, but also the ...
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What possible challenges could the NATO face if Russia achieves its objective in the Ukraine war? [closed]

What possible challenges could NATO face if Russia achieves its objective in the Ukraine war? diplomatic strategic
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Where are the weapons and ammunition used by Russia coming from?

Are the weapons and ammunition used by Russia in the Ukrainian war coming from their preexisting storage? Or, have they increased their production since the start of the war?
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Has there been publically shown any evidence that the Russian Federation has nuclear bunkers capable of preventing "decapitation?"

In light of the full-scale unprovoked war of aggression that the Russian Federation has waged against Ukraine, a number of countries have been providing military assistance to Ukraine. The aggressor ...
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How much the US have spent for Ukraine after Russian invasion (as of the 3rd week of April)?

Based on this article of New York times, US has spent about 13.6 billion dollars since start of the war. But the article was published in 18th of the previous month (march). What is this number at ...
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How is Ukraine getting their gas since the Russian invasion?

How exactly is Ukraine getting their gas since the Russian invasion? I've heard news reports that Ukraine is buying Russian gas from Germany after Germany buys it from Russia and pipes it through ...
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Do Russian oil investments abroad fall into the scope of the sanctions?

In response to the Ukrainian war Europe, the US and few more countries have set up some sanctions against Russian interests, including Russian oil production. However Russian oil and gas companies ...
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Who is the acting Minister of Defence of Russia?

The Russian Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu has apparently had some health mishaps and hasn't been able to work for a month or more by now. In my country at the beginning of any absences of ...
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What measures has Russia taken to combat the declining population problem in the past 15 years?

In 2006, Russian President Vladimir Putin directed his nation's parliament to develop a plan to revive the country's falling birthrate. In a speech to parliament on May 10, 2006, Putin called the ...
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Why is US reluctant to consider Russia a state sponsor of terrorism?

CNN mentions that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a request to US President Joe Biden to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made a ...
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What does the the 1992 treaty between Russia and Finland say specifically about alliances?

I only found a brief 3rd party summary that says: In accordance with the new agreement, Finland was free to enter any political or military alliance with a third party. But I'm having trouble ...
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How did Russia officially react to Finland unilaterally denouncing part III of the 1947 peace treaty?

In connection to a recent question, various sources (e.g.) say that in the 1990s Finland has denounced part III of the 1947 peace treaty with Russia. That part contains limitations on the Finnish ...
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Would Finland's joining NATO be a violation of the 1947 Treaty of Paris?

Articles like this one by the Atlantic Council suggest that Finland and Sweden are going to join NATO and give up their neutrality. However would Finland's joining NATO not violate the 1947 Treaty of ...
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What is the point of Emmanuel Macron speaking so often with Vladimir Putin?

This article mentions the frequent discussions between Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin: French President Emmanuel Macron continues to keep his hotline open with Russian President Vladimir Putin, ...
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Does time work for Russia or Ukraine? [closed]

Which side will benifit if the conflict prolonges? Not in absolute degree (obviously for both sides each day of the war costs a lot), but in comparative, i.e. for which side the expected future peace ...
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Can taxes diminish Europe's dependency on Russian oil?

Can (higher) excise taxes, as well as taxes on cars with poor fuel economy, diminish the dependency of Russian oil? What are their advantages and disadvantages? PS: some believe that natural gas is ...
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What are the risks associated with Russia collapsing? [closed]

European Pravda presents the Russian Federation's collapse as inevitable in the next few years, the invasion of Ukraine acting as a catalyst for it: In his 2016 essay Will the Russian Federation Make ...
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What are the flags being flown by this column of Russian tanks?

I just saw this video of Russian tanks on a video on Twitter. I can see four different flags flown by the soldiers but I can't make out what they are apart from the last one which just looks like the ...
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How much natural gas does France import from Russia?

According to the BBC France, like many other European countries, imports much of its natural gas through pipelines from Russia, using it for residential and commercial energy. Of course, "much&...
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Why is it considered acceptable to freeze Russia's foreign reserves, but not acceptable for Russia to default on their debts?

Currently the following things are true: Western countries have frozen most of Russia's foreign currency reserves Russia is either in default or would be soon However #1 is seen as fair and ...
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Has Russia actually defaulted on its foreign debt as of April 11, 2022?

An article from CNN starts out by stating that Russia "has defaulted on its foreign debt", but then appears to qualify the statement by observing that "Moscow has a grace period of 30 ...
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What is the reason for blocking Russian duma Youtube channel?

According to BBC News the Russian duma's YouTube channel was blocked. What is the reason for that given that this would potentially mean that YouTube will be banned in Russia and the alternative ...
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Are the EU authorities asking the Ukrainians to sell out the occupied regions?

The EU president has officially started the process to admit Ukraine into the EU. At the same time the NATO membership discussions are going on. Trouble is that to enter such groups Ukraine must solve ...
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What did Zelensky mean when he says Ukraine should have security guarantee?

It can be heard that Zelensky demands a security guarantee from a 3rd country (like Germany, Turkey, France, Poland). So what does it mean. Suppose Poland agrees. Then does it mean that the next time ...
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Was the West supporting certain sides in the two Chechen wars?

There were two wars in Chechnya after the end of the Cold War, in 1994-96 and in 1999-2009. Was there any evidence, or even claims, of Western support to certain Chechen fighters via the provision ...
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Fact-check: Has the US increased imports of Russian oil?

There have been reports that the US has increased imports of Russian oil over the past week: US ramps up oil imports from Russia, pursues own interests at expense of European allies amid Ukraine ...
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How can the satellite photos of Bucha show dead bodies weeks ago? Wouldn't the bodies decompose? [closed]

(Not sure if this should be on the biology SE; also not sure what to tag this with so feel free to edit) There are several sources claiming that bodies can be seen in Bucha before the Russian retreat, ...
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Why did the Russian Federation never stress economic growth as China did?

China stressed economic development and GDP growth in the 1970s when Deng Xiao Ping proposed the economic reform in 1978. China never stopped after that. Regarding the USSR, Gorbachev tried to bring ...
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How does US Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton (ret) get to a "Look, you're attacking NATO... and we're going to consider our options to attack" scenario? [closed]

In CNN's April 5 2022 'The Russians are gone': What this image says about Russia's strategy after about 03;26 US Army Maj. Gen. (ret) Paul Eaton says (my best-effort transcription, there are no closed-...
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What are the legal implications of all vk.com servers being in Russia? [closed]

vk.com is the most used social media site in Russia. According to its Wikipedia page it is majority-owned by Sogaz, a Russian energy company. When I tried to connect to it from the US, it connected ...
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What mechanisms are available to "bear witness" in an explicitly non-partisan fashion, on the Bucha massacre?

As we are learning about the massacres in Bucha, it is becoming apparent there are two camps in receiving this news on the world stage: It's real, it happened. This is certainly Ukraine and the West'...
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