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Questions tagged [russian-federation]

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 is the current policy towards Lenin and Stalin in Russia today? [on hold]

How are the historical roles of Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin portrayed officially, for example in schoolbooks?
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Why did Turkey not wait until after acquiring US F-35 before initiating talks with Russia about S-400? [on hold]

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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What was the real motive that led Putin to annex the Crimea in 2014? [closed]

I read many articles about the annexation of the Crimea, but still do not understand one thing: WHY? Why did Putin do this? It is hard to see any economic motivation. The Crimea is a land of ...
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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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What's holding up Russia's OECD membership?

There was some news in 2013 that Russia was impatient to join the OECD. I'm guessing the intervention in Ukraine and/or Crimea has thrown some cold water onto that, but (insofar) I haven't found any ...
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Why aren't nationalizations in Russia described as socialist?

I read in a 2015 PIIE brief titled "Russia’s Economy under Putin: From Crony Capitalism to State Capitalism" that: After nationalizing Yukos, the Russian government started taking control of ...
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Has the pro-Russia president of Moldova taken any concrete steps toward abandoning Moldova's Association Agreement with the EU?

According to Wikipedia: On 1 July 2016, the Association Agreement (AA) between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova fully came into force, following ratification by all 31 signatories. [.....
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Is there a comprehensive report on Russian jamming of GPS?

There are various news stories on Russia's jamming GPS fairly precisely, while leaving GLONASS unaffected; e.g. Since March 23, the U.S. Maritime Administration has issued three alerts for reports ...
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Did Mueller's report provide new evidence for the claim of Russian govt election interference via social media?

Over the past several years, many in the US (government and mainstream media) have argued that the Russian government ("The Russians") interfered with the 2016 US elections through the "Internet ...
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Explanations for the large rebound in EU-Russia trade in 2017?

The European Commission estimated the cost of sanctions [imposed on Russia] for the EU to €40bn (0.3 per cent of the EU GDP) in 2014 and €50bn (0.4 per cent of EU GDP) in 2015. In addition, it was ...
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Why has the US not been more assertive in confronting Russia in recent years?

Over the past few years, Russia seems to have been slipping back towards an authoritarian system of government, with Putin seemingly cementing his control of the country more and more. Along with this,...
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Did President Trump ever answer questions on obstruction to Mueller?

The FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, overseen by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, has just finished. Now at some point in the course of the investigation, Mueller’s team sent President Trump a series ...
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Why is some Russian asbestos bound for the US stamped with Donald Trump's face?

After about 41:20 in the YouTube video for the PBS NewsHour full episode March 13, 2019 it is reported that some asbestos mined in Russia destined for the US bears a stamp of US president Donald Trump'...
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Is Russia interfering in Catalonian process?

I heard some months ago that not only did the US congress warn about Russia's interference on Catalonian non-official referendum, but that Russians wanted to use Catalonia as a port for their ...
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What did Putin say about a US deep state in his state-of-the-nation speech; what has he said in the past?

The NYTimes article Threatening U.S., Putin Promises Russians Both Missiles and Butter says only this about Putin's recent mention of "deep state" in the US, in his state-of-the-nation speech: Mr. ...
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Why doesn't Russia build more missile defense systems instead of complaining about NATO's systems?

This answer argues about Russia's concerns over missile defense systems due to undermining of Mutual Assured Destruction: The basis for the modern stalemate is called Mutual Assured Destruction. ...
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Why is having a NATO missile-defense launch system such a big deal for Russia?

After of its activation almost three years ago, from time to time, I keep hearing on the news about Russia making statements about the NATO missile-defense launch system placed in Deveselu (locally ...
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Are Russian, North Korean and other countries' show of strength aimed for a domestic or international audience?

I don't know if I'm asking this on a correct site but here it goes. I've noticed this trend on many occasions. Examples: recently Russia announced the start of production of new "superweapons" such as ...
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What would be the repercussions if Venezuela defaulted on Russia's loan?

Recently the Russian Ministry of Finance stated it expects Venezuela to provide payments on time. Given the U.S. has imposed sanctions against Venezuela, would the economic influence on Venezuela ...
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What sort of assistance has Russia provided to back up Venezuelan leaders during previous periods of instability?

A report has come out today that Russia has sent military contractors to help the security of Maduro's regime amidst the current rancor. (source) Is this in line with assistance it has provided during ...
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Did the New Economic Policy ever end?

Migrate to history as needed. The USSR was a Neoliberal Social welfare state. It privatized everything under Lenin. I just wonder to what extent this mattered. What percentage of the firms privatized ...
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Has Sergei Lukyanenko revealed something about his political opinions since 2012?

Has Sergei Lukyanenko (Russian science fiction and fantasy author) made any statement or given a public interview about his political opinions after the article I Will Vote For Putin he wrote in 2012? ...
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Why the recent crackdown on rappers and other popular musicians in Russia?

Recently, the rapper Husky (Хаски) got his concert effectively banned by the Russian law enforcement agencies, allegedly because his lyrics contained themes incompatible with the "children protection" ...
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Does Russia need to treat the captured Ukranian sailors as POWs?

Some of the Ukranian sailors that were captured/arrested on their way to the Sea of Azov in November 2018 have been shown on Russian state TV with recorded statements. Ukraine demands that they are ...
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What is the benefit of Ukraine declaring martial law after a naval attack by Russian forces?

So as of my writing of this question—November 26, 2018—Ukraine declared martial law after a Russian naval attack. And as per The New York Times: Ukraine’s Parliament voted Monday to declare martial ...
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Why do the US and Russia not seem to support INF anymore?

According to Time, Donald Trump plans to withdraw US from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty: President Donald Trump revealed Saturday the United States intends to withdraw from a 31-...
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GRU agents expelled – why not charged?

On the 13th of April the Netherlands uncovered a Russian operation in The Hague. Multiple newspapers have picked up the story in the last days. The Netherlands expelled the acting agents, who were ...
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Where does China buy its hi-tech weapons from other than Russia?

If US sanction on Russia kicks in, where can China look for buying its hi-tech weapons? Does China have any source other than Russia to buy its weapons from? . P.S. By hi-tech weapons, I meant ...
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What is Russia's rationale of giving S-300 to Bashar Al Assad?

According to this 3D animation Israeli F-16s are innocent. Apparently, Russian plane was voluntarily circulating in the missile's range. So, why is Russia giving S-300 to Bashar's army? What is ...
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Does Russia have real-time encryption communication agreement with India?

I was reading this article and I quote: [...] It will give U.S. communication systems to India and allow real-time encrypted transmissions between compatible U.S. and Indian ships and aircraft. [......
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What is the evidence for the Russian interference in the US 2016 election? What are the known facts? [closed]

Anyone have a breakdown on what we actually know for sure? There's a lot of speculation out there, but what are the known FACTS?
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Why raise so much fuss about the Skripal poisoning?

On the surface, the Skripal poisoning seems like a minor issue on the scale of international politics: a couple of Russian secret service agents poison a couple of Russian citizens in their UK home. ...
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Why did Russia and China never show any serious intention to ease up US sanctions on Iran?

For instance, Russia and China could ramp up trades, sell airliners/railway-locomotives, invest in Iran's energy/rail/infrastructure sector, and so on when there were no visible competitor from the ...
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What is the Russian public's view on the US claims of interference in the 2016 US election?

Does anyone know of any rigorous study of the Russian public view on what happened in the 2016 US Presidential election? There is a wide consensus, in the US, that top members of the Russian ...
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Russian sanctions under Trump

NBC just announced President Trump was imposing additional sanctions upon Russia for the Skirpal poisoning incident in the UK. These come on top of sanction increases in April, 2018 Senior Trump ...
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Why couldn't Russia grow its economy as fast as China did?

Russia has a population comparable to Japan. But, the size of its GDP is below South Korea. Why couldn't Russia grow its economy as fast as China did? What factors prevented Russia from becoming an ...
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Why did Russia appoint Steven Seagal as a 'special rep.' for US-Russian humanitarian ties?

Why did Russia appoint actor Steven Seagal as an intermediary figure in US-Russo relations? What is this role and what are Seagal's responsibilities? I know that Steven Seagal was recently granted ...
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Did Ukraine lose half its GDP because of sanctions against Russia?

According to a Russian News Agency Ukrainian politician Evgeny Murayev said that Anti-Russian sanctions of the EU and the United States deprived the Ukraine from half of its gross domestic ...
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Why would the NATO not defend its members against Russia?

In this answer the following scenario is presented: Russia invades a NATO member (Norway in this case). The NATO does nothing to defend the victim country. In my opinion this scenario is unrealistic ...
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What's the extent of Russian involvement in Brexit, according to latest research?

I found a Channel 4 piece from November last year, discussing 3 papers, roughly in the order of the quantity of evidence (which however might be inversely correlated with the certainty that they were ...
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Why would Putin or Russia benefit from a weak EU or weak EU countries?

Various (western) commentators and politicians state that "the only one happy with/benefiting from [insert bad scenario here] is Putin/Russia" (I'm not sure which one(s) of the two they mean). ...
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How is Russia planning to question former US ambassador McFaul?

As I understand it, the Helsinki meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin resulted in an offer that seeks to question former Ambassador Michael McFaul in Russia. If this were to happen, how \ ...
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Did Vladimir Putin state that Trump is a puppet?

Weeks ago I read in an opinion news paper article whose author said that Vladimir Putin thought that all the USA presidents he had met were just "mere puppets". There is also a video interview in ...
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Why is it important for the USA to establish good relations with Russia/Putin? [closed]

The incumbent US president is very keen to establish a good and close relations with Russia and Putin. Donald Trump's foreign policy speech earns praise in Russia Trump on Russia: We are not bound ...
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Does the opposition figure with the highest chance to challenge Putin always end up disqualified?

In Russia, since Putin took [part in] power (say since 2000), is it always the case that opposition leaders that were attaining high popularity (relative to other opposition figures), or at least high ...
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Given Putin's widespread support, why cheat in elections?

It's generally agreed that there was cheating in the Russian presidential elections, with the aim of increasing the number of votes for Vladimir Putin. There were widespread irregularities, and in ...
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Has Trump's position on the existence of Russian meddling been consistent (in the past few months)?

The latest news is that: [Journalist:] Just now, President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Every U.S. intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did. ...
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Was any official explanation provided for Trump defending Russia over FBI?

According to BBC, US President Donald Trump has defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 presidential election: After face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr ...
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Can translators be subpoenaed?

For instance, could the translator who was in the room with Putin and Trump be subpoenaed to testify as to what Trump said to Putin? Let's say the U.S. determines it to be a matter of national ...