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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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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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Why can't 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. Why don't we see retaliatory actions from the west in similar forms? Why can't the ...
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Why does Russia back Serbia?

On YouTube, I heard Can Kosovo survive as an independent state?, which states that Russia prevents Kosovo from joining the United Nations (UN) because Russia backs Serbia, and Serbia doesn't want ...
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Sanctions for Russian military action in Ukraine stopping preparation for G8. Is it important for Russia?

In recent conflict of Russia and Ukraine some of G8 countries as sanction of Russian military actions in Ukraine declared they will stop preparation for G8 event in Sochi. But why would Russia be ...
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Are there regions within Russia with a majority population that is not ethnic Russian?

Russia has annexed Crimea, and is making noises about regions of other countries, based on the premise that those regions have a majority population that is ethnic Russian. This makes me wonder, are ...
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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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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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Why don't Russia and Ukraine enter an official state of war?

Since 2014, it's clear that Russian troops have invaded Ukrainian territory. Crimea was fully annexed and the Donbass is in a state of perpetual conflict. However, officially speaking, Russia and ...
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What is the difference between the National Guard and the MVD Internal Troops?

Recently, Putin signed the law that creates the National Guard of Russia (Росгвардия), seemingly replacing the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD, МВД). What is the difference ...
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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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How are relationships between Russia and progressive Kurdish groups?

The Turkish PKK, known for its armed struggle for an independent Kurdistan, initially (1970s) described itself as communist, and more recently still rather radical as communalist. It is designated as ...
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What's the relationship between North Korea and Russia?

We all know the relationship between the USA and North Korea and how the two presidents keep threatening each other. I know that the majority of the EU stands with Trump in this matter, but do we know ...
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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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What can an independent election observer in Russia do if they notice irregularities?

In the recent Russian presidential elections on March 18, 2018, foreign reporters and election observers noticed irregularities, incidents of election fraud and general violations in the voting ...
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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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Why does the Russia oppose calls for UN tribunal to prosecute MH17 suspects?

Russia rejects calls for UN tribunal to prosecute MH17 suspects — The Guardian A senior Russian official has rejected calls for the establishment of a UN tribunal to try those responsible for the ...
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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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How exactly does Donald Trump's administration benefit Russia in 2017-2018?

There is widespread consensus that Donald Trump was put into power by the Russians. If this is true, his administration must do some favors for Russia. For example, if Donald Trump lifted sanctions ...
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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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Do “closed cities” exist outside the former Soviet Union?

A closed city is a city to which foreign residents and perhaps even domestic residents cannot travel freely. Wikipedia has an informative article on closed cities. The list of closed cities today ...
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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 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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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 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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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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“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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Who does the “Crown prosecutor of Russia” refer to?

In an email sent from Rob Goldstone to Donald Trump Jr. that was released by Trump Jr. on Twitter, it was mentioned in one email that the "Crown prosecutor of Russia" met with Aras Agalarov. The ...
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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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The paradox of Russian Nazis

It is often reported that Russia has one of the largest neo-Nazi communities in the world. Which to me seems utterly bizarre. As I understand it, Germany's National Socialists in theory and practice,...
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Why does Russia hold hard on keeping Chechnya?

Since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, lot of its republics chose to be independent states and most succeeded without any significant pressure from the then newly established Russia. But one ...
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Why did Obama decide to expel Russian diplomats?

Why did Obama choose to expel 35 diplomats and operatives in retaliation for Russia's hacking during the elections? It appears reducing the number of diplomats may strain our relationship with Russia ...
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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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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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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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Did Mueller's report provide new evidence for Russian govt interference in 2016 elections?

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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Why has Israel not expelled Russian diplomats in response to the Skripal poisoning?

The US and more than 20 other countries have expelled Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. As of this writing, Israel has not expelled any Russian ...
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What is the legal background for Russia's seat as a Permanent Member of UNSC?

At the UN's founding in 1945, the Soviet Union became one of the five permanent members of the Security Council. When in December 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, the Russia was arguably recognized ...
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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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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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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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