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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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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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Why did the West impose sanctions on Russia for the death of Navalny, but not on Ukraine for the death of Lira? [closed]

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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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? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Did Russia express any comment showing disapproval of Serbia potential entry into the EU?

Serbia applied to join the European Union (EU) in 2009 and has been a candidate for membership since 2012, along with nine other states. Serbia is the largest country in Southeast Europe seeking entry ...
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What could Russia hope to gain by continuing their war against Ukraine?

I'm struggling to understand what Russia hopes to gain by continuing the war. In my understanding, if Russia somehow "won" (I appreciate there are different ways of thinking about what ...
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Is there an incentive for Russia to respect some UN sanctions against North Korea?

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) export and Russia’s procurement of DPRK ballistic missiles, as well as Russia’s use of these missiles ...
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What is exactly the issue with Russia using North Korean missiles?

Reading Ukraine is 'test site' for N. Korean missiles -S. Korea The United States and its allies on Wednesday condemned what they described as Russia's firing of North Korean missiles at Ukraine, ...
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Why is Putin not able to silence Navalny completely? [duplicate]

Putin (well, not just him personally) is going through great lengths to silence Alexey Navalny, by placing him in solitary confinement frequently and for long stretches, or most recently, by ...
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What's the Russian feminist position on (female) conscription?

In a fairly upvoted answer here, it's asserted that Russian feminists oppose female conscription, at least in the conception of one self-declared (Russian) anti-feminist. Is it the case though 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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When did Putin state for the first time that there are no rules in international affairs?

In a press conference mid-Dec (2023) Putin is quoted as saying: "As for the 'rules-based order', there are in fact no such rules. They change every day in line with politics and the short-term ...
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Did Sarkozy scupper his own peace plan in re Georgia (2008)?

The Guardian quotes a response to Sarkozy's remarks on Ukraine: Responding to Sarkozy’s Ukraine remarks, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former Estonian president, used even less diplomatic language to ...
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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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Is there a correlation between government responsiveness to individual/voter concerns and subsequent reduction in policy demands?

In democratic states, is there a correlation between government responsiveness to individual concerns and subsequent reduction in policy demands? I am curious because recent polsci papers on ...
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What is the reason for the alleged heavy casualties in the Russian Armed Forces?

Acoording to the CNN, Russia has lost 87% of troops it had prior to start of Ukraine war: Russia has lost a staggering 87 percent of the total number of active-duty ground troops it had prior to ...
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Is there any information in the public domain about the limits of technology cooperation between Russia and China?

Putin, who heads the world's biggest nuclear power, said military cooperation between Moscow and Beijing was increasing and focused on high-tech areas that would ensure strategic security. ...
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What were these two convicted Russian officers in charge of, more exactly? Any similar cases ongoing?

Kommersant reports that a couple of Russian officers (one LtC, one major) were sentence to 4 years in prison in Russia for failing to stop a Tochka-U strike on a Russian base in March or April 2022 (...
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Why does Russia hate the West? [closed]

Historically Russia seems to always oppose pro-western regimes. There is this something I can not fully grasp. Given how miserable life is in Russia, how repressive their people are, it is strange ...
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Did Russia benefit from the Belt and Road Initiative?

This policy has been alleged by the U.S. Government to be a form of "Debt-Trap Diplomacy"; however, the term itself has come under scrutiny as analysts and researchers have pointed out that ...
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Did the deaths of Russian generals previously have any measurable impact on the war in Ukraine?

Ukrainska Pravda recently reported on the death of another Russian major general: Russia has confirmed the death of Major General Vladimir Zavadsky in the war in Ukraine. He was blown up by a mine. ...
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