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Which European countries have laws that closely resemble the Russian law against discrediting the armed forces?

European countries have a more restrictive interpretation of free speech than the US in some regards, e.g. many criminalize Holocaust denial etc. Are there some European countries whose laws (in that ...
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How reasonable are fears of Russia attacking any NATO country in the foreseeable future?

Consider the facts that Article 5 is the cornerstone of NATO alliance, how the collective military strength of NATO massively dwarfs that of Russia, how Russia has fared in Ukraine, how depleted it is....
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Why did the West impose sanctions on Russia for the death of Navalny, but not on Ukraine for the death of Lira?

Over the last few weeks, one of the headlines in Western mainstream media has been the death of Alexei Navalny. The West immediately accused Russia of killing Navalny and introduced sanctions. Navalny ...
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Is there any agreement that allows China to use Russian naval bases for its military cooperation?

Over the past decade, China and Russia have transformed Europe’s maritime security seascape through their military basing access and port investments across maritime Europe — from the Baltic and Black ...
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Two years after the breakout of Ukraine war, is/how is Russia successful in sustaining its economy (now even growing?) and the war?

Since 2022, Russia has received huge amount of Western economic sanctions. The war itself is money-burning. I understand that war may stimulate military-related economy as explained in this VOA ...
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To what extent are Russia and China cooperating instead of competing in Central Asia to increase their influence in the region? [closed]

Thanks to an influx of investment and a sharp surge in transit volumes, additional funds have begun to flow into the budgets of the Central Asian countries. This has led not only to economic growth, ...
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Have household savings in Russia increased since 2022?

We had a bit of a discussion on a recent question whether Russian workers are being "enriched" by the war. In the US, during WW2 here was rationing etc., which resulted in reduced ...
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Did the Japanese government discuss seizing frozen Russian assets?

The Japanese government also froze the assets of President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, resulting in bilateral ties dropping to their lowest level in decades. https://www....
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Which body of the Russian Federation is investigating the Nord Stream sabotage?

It's been mentioned a number of times in the Western press, quoting or paraphrasing brief snippets from Russian officials that Russia is conducting its own probe/investigation into the Nord Stream ...
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Is the requirement of being aligned with the EU's foreign policy in order to join it written into law?

The threat Russia poses in the Western Balkans should not be exaggerated. Virulent nationalist rhetoric aside, Serbia is not beholden to the Kremlin but rather is hedging its bets, as it has done for ...
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How can the US prevent Russia from deploying nukes in orbit/space without starting WW3? [closed]

NYT reported on Feb 14: Officials said that the new intelligence, which they did not describe in detail, raised serious questions about whether Russia was preparing to abandon the Outer Space Treaty ...
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What evidence has the ICC relied on in ordering the arrest of the President of Russia?

A few days ago, International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan said: Today, the Pre-Trial Chamber has issued arrest warrants in relation to the following two individuals: Mr Vladimir Putin, ...
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Who were Sarkozy's "high-powered advisers with ethnic Russian backgrounds"?

RFERL wrote in 2008: By throwing his weight behind Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's calls for an OSCE summit in 2009 to discuss a new "security architecture" for Europe, Sarkozy ignored ...
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Does Putin need the support of the Russian oligarchs in order to stay in power?

Does Vladimir Putin need the support of the Russian oligarchs in order to stay in power or not? What power does the Russian oligarchs have over Putin? I heard a lot of the oligarchs have ties to Putin ...
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Did anybody challenge the credibility of Turner's claim over the anti-satellite nuclear weapon? [closed]

According to the news US Senator Mike Turner claimed that the Russians were developing a nuclear anti-satellite weapon to be deployed in space. The linked article cited an expert called Pavel Podvig ...
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Did Yeltsin participate in formal debates against other candidates for the Russian presidency?

Somewhat related to this Q, I found that Yeltsin had been challenged by Zyuganov to a televised debate in 1996. I wasn't able to find out if Yeltsin ever took on that challenge. So, did he? Or is ...
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Is there any NGO based in Russia that didn't get listed as a foreign agent while accepting donation from abroad?

In 2013 the Levada Center reported it received from 1.5% to 3% of its total budget from abroad.[11] It was issued with a public warning that it would be eligible for listing as a 'foreign agent' under ...
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How does the inclusion of Finland in NATO make it difficult for Russia to use Kaliningrad to dominate the Baltics?

The threat from Kaliningrad has receded with Russia mired in Ukraine and NATO welcoming Finland, and likely Sweden, into its ranks, experts say. Russia’s goal of turning Kaliningrad into a launching ...
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How did Russia suddenly change from being an atheist country to being a Christian country?

I know that religious faith is a personal thing, some people have a stronger faith than others, and for some people religion is more a matter of cultural identity than personal conviction. Also how ...
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Is there any precedent of the Russian president skipping a debate during the presidential elections?

The Kremlin confirmed Tuesday that President Vladimir Putin will not take the stage to debate his rivals in Russia's March presidential election. “Everyone can see Putin’s statements on all aspects of ...
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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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Was there a formal rebuke of NATO's expansion by the Russia Duma, before 2004?

The NYT took note in 2004 that parliamentary opposition to NATO's expansion was growing in Russia While Russia has resigned itself to NATO's expansion, albeit grudgingly, the reality of NATO forces ...
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Did Putin ever talk with Zelensky directly after Zelensky became president?

Putin in his recent interview with Tucker Carlson said that he talked with Zelensky about Zelensky's father, who, according to Putin, fought in WWII (it turned out that the father of Zelensky was ...
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What was (roughly) the frequency of official Hamas visits to Moscow during the Trump presidency?

According to a couple of sources, top-level Hamas delegations visited Moscow at the Russian government's invitation in March 2023 and in September 2022. The latter of these sources surmises that Hamas ...
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What are the benefits Russia may gain from a strong relationship with Mongolia?

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, Mongolia's trade with Russia declined by 80% and China's relations and influence over Mongolia increased.[7] However, Russia ...
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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 was Russia against NATO enlargement?

Then lastly on Sweden. First of all, it is historic that now Finland is member of the Alliance. And we have to remember the background. The background was that President Putin declared in the autumn ...
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What does China have to gain from having a neutral stance concerning the ownership of the Kuril islands?

People's Republic of China once supported the Soviet Union's claim over the islands in the 1950s, however, after the Sino-Soviet split in the 1960s, China then turned to support Japanese sovereignty ...
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Why was Boris Nadezhdin permitted to be a candidate in the Russian presidential election?

Boris Nadezhdin appears to have strong anti-war views, something that is usually seen as punishable in Russia. He was aiming for the post of president and looks like collected the required number of ...
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What are the reasons of the immense popularity of Yekaterina Mizulina in Russia?

Yekaterina Mizulina is the daughter of Russian legislature member and senator Yelena Mizulina. Yelena Mizulina is the head of the Legislature's Committe for Family, Women and Children. She is known ...
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Did any Western country condemn Japan for pursuing energy deals with Russia?

Although Japan has reduced its Russian energy imports since Moscow's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, it has kept stakes in several fossil fuel projects in the country for its energy security. &...
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Why doesn't Russia join NATO and what would happen if it tried?

So, I'm likely demonstrating my own stupidity here, but I'm wondering what I'm missing. Russia claims that it's afraid of NATO and feels like it might attack it. So... what if it joined NATO? I know, ...
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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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Why doesn't Ukraine run more guerrilla attacks in Russia? [closed]

Ukraine does not appear to be doing much guerrilla warfare in Russia. Although such attacks are likely to darken the image of Ukraine in Russia, it is not particularly good anyway. Additionally, ...
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Why is there such a large gap between the census and the population estimates when counting the number of Chinese residents in Russia?

Ethnic Chinese in Russia officially numbered 39,483 according to the 2002 census.[2] However, this figure is contested, with the Overseas Community Affairs Council of Taiwan claiming 998,000 in 2004 ...
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Have there been any legally held demonstrations against the war (or against the "specially military operation") in Russia?

I'm well aware that Russian authorities have cracked down on spontaneous/illegal anti war demonstrations. Whereas for the pro-military-intervention ones, e.g. using the "Z" sign... Have any ...
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Did France issue an official statement on why it supplied arms to Armenia?

Azerbaijan has accused France of sowing the seeds of a new war by supplying arms to Armenia, which is also being courted by the United States. Pashinyan last month discussed cooperation with Javier ...
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Do any international treaties prohibit sending weapons to terrorists?

In the news the ICJ found that Russia had violated the 1999 International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism by failing to investigate people who had allegedly funded pro-...
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Was the downing of a Russian IL-76 over Russia by Ukraine a crime, and if so what are the consequences? [closed]

On January 24, Russian military transport aircraft IL-76 was shot down on Russian territory. Russia claims that it had carried out the ukrainians war prisoners for the exchanging on russian ones, and ...
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Is there a political faction in Russia publicly advocating for an immediate ceasefire?

Analogous to the corresponding question about Ukraine: All the official news coverage I've seen have indicated most of Russia is determined in continued fighting in Ukraine, saying things like that ...
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Why is Azerbaijan suddenly allied with Russia?

The United States wants to continue holding some capability in the area to threaten to penetrate the North Caucacus, which would be a dangerous and unlikely maneuver. The Russians are not dismissing ...
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Was anything done against Hungary to make it stop importing Russian oil?

Even amongst Western allies of Ukraine, Keatinge suggests sanctions lack “consistency”, with some countries buying petroleum products more actively than others, plus a few Russian banks can still use ...
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Exit strategies for the Ukraine war

[Remark three months later, Aug 24, 2022: The question seems as pressing as ever. The conflict has indeed turned into a text book war of attrition, with neither side being able to make a decisive move....
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Did Russia publish any official statement regarding on the national map released by the Ministry of Natural Resources?

https://www.lemonde.fr/en/international/article/2023/09/04/china-is-redefining-its-borders-with-its-neighbors-including-russia_6122600_4.html Was China looking to take advantage of Russia's setbacks, ...
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Is there still more room for more sanctions from the West against Russia?

Is there still more room for more sanctions from the West against Russia? The United States and the European Union have already imposed multiple rounds of sanctions on Russia in response to various ...
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Are there any major organizations or individuals in China who have expressed pro-Ukranian views in their current conflict?

In the current Russia-Ukraine war, China has professed neutrality but articles like this and this suggest that support for Russia is high amongst its citizens along with soft support from the Chinese ...
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What is the exit strategy of the west (US, EU, Britain, else) who are invested in the current Ukranian conflict for their own politcal interests? [closed]

Ukraine has politically banned any peace negotiations with Putin (see "Zelensky signs law that rules out Ukraine peace talks with Putin as ‘impossible’"). But Musk recently blogged: "...
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What is the political argument of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy that Ukraine should not join NATO or EU, and remain neutral?

This article in LeMonde - Sarkozy criticized for call to compromise with Russia - states that the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is a strong advocate of Ukraine being neutral: France's ...
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Why there was no Marshall plan for 1990s Russia?

Just imagine the completely different world today if Russia were a part of Free World, member of NATO and a prosperous democracy, like Germany. Was it ever discussed, and if so, why wasn't it ...
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On what basis did the Russian ambassador to the UN say "Israel Has No Right to Self-Defense as Occupier"?

From this: Russian Ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya tells the world body that Israel does not have the right to self-defense under international law in its fight against Hamas because it is an “...

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