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What did Putin do to insure that he doesn't get overthrown by a military coup or to reduce the likelihood of it?

What did Putin do to insure that he doesn't get overthrown by a military coup or to reduce the likelihood of it? https://www.usnews.com/news/world-report/articles/2022-05-25/new-punishments-await-...
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Will anything be done to Putin? [closed]

It seems like nothing is happening to him. This forum wants me to give more words coming out of my mouth, I will fill this part for space so that it can allow me to post my post
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On what basis yachts may be expropriated by the West?

From a recent answer: ...but owner was recently included in sanction lists and had his yacht expropriated I've heard from the news that the West is "hunting" for ships belonging to "...
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What does the West have to gain by not allowing Russia to pay its debt?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8PXkkNJ2_o Bloomberg reports that the default is largely symbolic and Russia is simply defaulting since Western financial institutions won't accept Russia payments. Is ...
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Has Russia detailed what violations of law it accuses Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to have committed?

According to an Amnesty press release from April: On 8 April, the Russian Ministry of Justice delisted Amnesty International’s Moscow Office from the register of the representative offices of the ...
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What type and scale of war crimes has Ukraine committed during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine?

I'm reading the Wikipedia page War crimes in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. There doesn't seem to be a distinction like "War crimes of Russia" and "War crimes of Ukraine". I'...
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Is there any sign "the West" is deliberately trying to prolong fighting in Ukraine for the sake of fighting?

In a recent answer, user kandi made this statement: the war probably could have been ended by now if the West wasn't passionatly supporting the bloodshed by provided just as much arms as to keep ...
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Was there more tension during the cold war or now? [closed]

I was born shortly after the so called cold war ended. Now we are again with the two giants (Russia and USA) barking at each other. Is it now worse than then?
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Short of attacking a NATO country, is there any other thing Russia can do to trigger direct American military confrontation?

Short of attacking a NATO country, is there any other thing Russia can do to trigger direct American military confrontation? The key section of the treaty is Article 5. Its commitment clause defines ...
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How strong is public opinion that the West is too soft on Putin?

What are the poll results regarding how many people think that the international community and the West are too soft on Putin by more or less allowing Russia to destroy Ukraine and Ukrainians?
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What are the possible mechanisms that can be used to settle territorial disputes between Ukraine and Russia should the hostilities cease?

What are the possible mechanisms that can be used to settle territorial disputes between Ukraine and Russia should the hostilities cease? I heard that most disputes are settled through bilateral ...
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What possible retaliation could Russia take against Lithuania for enforcing the EU sanctions?

Russia has today threatened Lithuania with retaliation after Lithuania enforced the EU sanctions blocking certain products from transiting Lithuania from Russia to Kaliningrad. Russia refers to this ...
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How did Russia end up becoming an opposing power of the West?

I am talking about pre-Ukraine War situation. Especially from 1990 to 2021. At present there are only two major powers that are posing themselves as an opposing force to the US leadership. I admit ...
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Did Russia significantly reduce economic aid (or subsidies) to Belarus around/after 2014?

According to one Western source Russia was subsidizing 10–15 percent of Belarus' GDP around 2013 or so. Another source source quantifies that differently as "Between 2005 and 2015, Moscow pumped $...
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Did the OSCE logs show that Ukraine was amassing troops near the Donbass region prior to Russia moving in? [duplicate]

In a podcast with Lex Friedman, Oliver Stone mentions (at around 57:20 here) that the OSCE logged a buildup of 110,000 Ukranian troops on the border with Donbass prior to Russia sending it's troops to ...
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Why does Ukraine desire EU membership?

On the 28 February 2022, four days after the Russian invasion had started, Ukraine applied for membership in EU. What were the long and short term causes behind, and the trigger of, Ukraine's resolve ...
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Why hasn't Israel imposed sanctions on Russia?

As stated by Jake Sullivan, a main goal of the US in the current Ukraine war is to "weaken and isolate Russia". Considering that the US has been a major and frequently sole ally of Israel on ...
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How is a "mercenary soldier" defined in international law?

Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister has claimed that the two British men, currently under sentence of death, were "mercenaries" attached to the Ukrainian army, and hence not subject ...
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Has there been a cost-benefit analysis of what would happen if the Russian Federation were to be disconnected from the Internet? [closed]

A number of the Russian industries have been cut off from being able to engage with the outside world as a result of sanctions imposed in response to Russian Federation's war of aggression against ...
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What evidence is there that John J. Mearsheimer influenced, rather than studied, Putin? [closed]

Mearsheimer John J. Mearsheimer is probably the best known scholar of the self-ascribed "realists" -- political philosophers purporting to view the world through the lens of military balance ...
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Russia: a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma [closed]

In 1939 Winston Churchill described Russia as: a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma I'm curious to try to understand Russian invasion of Ukraine from the perspective of the Russians ...
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What examples from history are there of a dictator successfully annexing countries by force over the long term? [closed]

This question is indirectly about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and attempting to predict the future by studying the past. This article claims: Wartime land grabs tend to end badly for tyrants, ...
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Has Macron explained which outcomes/situations he thinks (or perhaps was even let on by Putin) would be "humiliating" for Russia?

A fair bit of commentary has been written about Macron saying that Russia must not be "humiliated" in this war. Zelensky, for instance, said he doesn't understand what Macron is talking ...
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What organization or country would be able to pull off a successful peace negotiation between Ukraine and Russia? [closed]

So far there have been many failed peace negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. Here. The three most common problems of failed negotiations are according to my netsearch: “mismanagement of ...
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Was NATO military aid part of Russia's calculation for the invasion of Ukraine?

Was NATO military aid part of Russia's calculation for the invasion of Ukraine? If YES, did they put out any statement that proves that?
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What were the causes behind, and trigger of, the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 24/2/22?

What is an unbiased view of the causes and trigger of the armed conflict in Ukraine, that started on the 24th of February 2022? With “trigger” is meant the most recent cause. The one that was like “...
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Why can't Ukraine ship grain from Mariupol?

Russia keeps repeating that they do not want to hinder the grain shipping in any way and that the port in Mariupol is safe to use. Why not to say, then, let's ship from Mariupol if that port is safe? ...
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When did the war between Russia and Ukraine start, and why?

When did the war between Russia and Ukraine start, and what was its causes and triggers? I have heard different dates. Some claim that it started on the 24 of February this year, while some claim that ...
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Were treaties made with the Soviet Union automatically applicable to Russia?

Motivated by this other question which refers to a peace treaty made with the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. What then happened with the treaties made with the Soviet Union: were ...
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What are the similarities and differences between the Cuba crises and today’s situation in Ukraine? [closed]

Today's situation in Ukraine reminds somewhat of the so called Cuba Crises of 1962. What are the similarities, if any, and differences between the two? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Why does Russia have multiple deputy prime ministers?

Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Why does Russia have multiple deputy prime ministers? I mean, in other countries, they generally have one prime minister, some ministers, and under ministers, they ...
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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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What was the reason for extending NATO in the 1990s?

I know there are questions that might sound similar, but this is a completely different one. Firstly, I am using the word extending and not expanding. Secondly, the question is limited to a time ...
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What is the ethnic composition of Russian military forces?

The Russian war in Ukraine has at various points been framed in Russia and in Western media outlets in ethnic terms. Given that Russia is itself a multi-ethnic state, this led me to wonder what ...
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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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