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Did Russia publish a detailed report as to who sabotaged the gas and electricity pipelines to Georgia in 2006? Was Georgia convinced?

In January 2006: Four explosions on Russia's side of the border created the shortages, Georgian and Russian officials said. The first two occurred at roughly the same time, before sunrise, severing ...
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How does UK MP Bob Seely's 2018 paper "Definition of Contemporary Russian Conflict" hold up in 2022 in Ukraine? (Seely's seven elements)

After seeing his discussion in the BBC's 2022-03-11 video Is Russia setting the stage to use chemical weapons in Ukraine? - BBC Newsnight (my transcription with help of closed captions): The trouble ...
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Have any NATO countries publicly raise objections as being spied upon (by the US) in "Operation Triangulation"?

According to a story sourced to the FSB “The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, together with the Federal Security Service of Russia, uncovered a reconnaissance operation by American ...
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How one-sided was (televised) note-taking in pre-2023 Xi-Putin meetings?

Some Western observers have made a big deal out of this regarding the televised bits of the last Xi-Putin meeting: "The optics of the summit clearly favored Xi. Any talk of equal footing is just ...
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Has Iran presented any evidence that their drones (used in Ukraine) were sent to Russia before the war?

It seems Iran initially denied they sent drones to Russia, but later Iran’s foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said that they sent some, but before the war. “Some western countries have accused ...
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What's the balance of (pro-)Russian forces in Ukraine between regular Russian units and Wagner, LPR+DPR armies etc.?

Are there some official Russian figures and/or Western estimates on what in the balance of (pro-)Russian forces engaged in Ukraine? Basically, how many are regular Russian forces vs various other ...
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Has the Chinese government indicated what is the "red line" in the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

This answer suggests that should Russia use a nuclear strike in Ukraine, even China would condemn it: By using weapons of mass destruction Russia would be condemned not just by the West, but also the ...
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What's currently preventing the seizure of Russian assets to satisfy the Yukos court judgement?

According to Wiki: The Yukos Oil Company's former shareholders and management filed a series of claims in courts and before arbitration panels in various countries, seeking compensation for their ...
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Is it true that Netanyahu did not make any (negative) statements about the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

Russian FM Lavrov said in an interview that he was shocked that former Israeli PM Lapid criticized Russia about their attempts to demilitarize Ukraine (and subsequent "annexation"), when ...
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Did Russia's accomodating position on Israel's military action against Iranian and Hezbollah attacks hurt relations between Russia and Iran?

It appears that the combination of personal high-level diplomacy and Israeli insistence on responding to Iranian and Hezbollah strikes with overwhelming force has been met with understanding in the ...
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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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Have there been any UNGA votes regarding the US presence in Syria?

Relating to a couple of other questions here: it appears that while Russia and Syria object to the US presence in Syria, they've not brought up the case at UNSC even for pure protest purposes. However,...
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Do the trains of the silk road freight line fall into the scope of the Russian sanctions?

The Silk Road train line is a freight line connecting China and Europe. The service is still operational. But online information does not tell whether the trains still go via the Russian Federation. ...
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How did Russia officially react to Finland unilaterally denouncing part III of the 1947 peace treaty?

In connection to a recent question, various sources (e.g.) say that in the 1990s Finland has denounced part III of the 1947 peace treaty with Russia. That part contains limitations on the Finnish ...
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Are there systemic impediments to popular opposition candidates winning presidential elections in Russia?

Are there systemic impediments to popular opposition candidates winning presidential elections in Russia? I'm not asking about pro-western candidates in particular.
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Russian Experts on the Credibility of the Russian Nuclear Second Strike Capability

From Western news reports about Russian government statements, Russia seems concerned that NATO forces in the ex-Communist states would endanger the Russian strategic deterrence (which include a ...
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Does the Ukrainian treatment of a Russian deserter differ from a Russian combatant that surrenders?

I am curious about the fate of Russian deserters in Ukraine. If you desert the Russian military and surrender yourself in Ukraine as a Russian, are you granted any status in Ukraine? Are you subject ...
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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 was the selection criteria for people Russia judges in the "Azov trial"?

Based on Western media, it seems to me they are judging pretty insignificant cases like cooks (of the battalion) and what not. I do recall that Russia even exchanged some Azov combat personnel ...
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How common is it for countries to draft directly from prison?

According to RFERL Russian legislation currently forbids the military to register convicted prisoners for the draft or call them up for duty. But last month, the Defense Ministry submitted a proposal ...
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How does Russia deal with illegal Chinese immigrants?

Aside from resident contract workers, 1.1 million Chinese also went to the border areas of the Russian Far East on tourist visas from 1997 to 2002.[28] Despite the perception that many remain ...
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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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How significant was the contribution of crime rate on the breakup of the USSR?

For the generation born in the 1970s in the USSR it was not uncommon to have nearly all of the classmates to be imprisoned for various crimes either during the school years or shortly thereafter. This ...
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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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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 does Ukraine want to postpone ratifying the Rome Statute?

Ukraine has been in international negotiations to become party to the International Criminal Court for decades now. They seem to have been making steady progress, up until the outbreak of the Russian ...
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Does TASS have a disclosed direct line with the Kremlin?

It's been disclosed that RT has a direct line with the Kremlin. When Time magazine's Moscow correspondent Simon Shuster visited RT Editor-in-Chief Margareta Simonyan in her office in 2015, he noticed ...
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What does the written and unwritten international law say about an eventual shutdown of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant?

Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. After the Russian forces occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant there have been a lot of discussions about the risk of radiation leak, but not about the main ...
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Is there any study that tries to quantify the impact of Russian government support for anti vaccination?

Recently, the Russian government threatened to ban YouTube if it does not reinstate two German-language channels backed by the Russian state that were deleted for violating Covid misinformation ...
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Has Russia considered accepting migrants that want to reach Europe?

This article argues that Russia, like many other countries, faces a population decline that must be tackled sooner or later: The shrinking of Russia’s population overall, and especially the working-...
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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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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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What are operations that the New Development Bank can't carry out because of the Russian-Ukraine war sanctions?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Development_Bank On March 3, 2022, in response to the Russia-Ukraine War, the New Development Bank announced that it put new transactions with Russia on hold.[21] ...
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Is Western nuclear energy policy backfiring?

Official nuclear energy policy in the Western countries with little investments and continuously changing requirements has, with time, pushed into bankruptcy most of the major actors. The only left ...
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Can the IMF technically kick Russia out of the organization?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Monetary_Fund Voting power in the IMF is based on a quota system. Each member has a number of basic votes (each member's number of basic votes equals 5.502%...
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