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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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Russian sanctions under Trump

NBC just announced President Trump was imposing additional sanctions upon Russia for the Skirpal poisoning incident in the UK. These come on top of sanction increases in April, 2018 Senior Trump ...
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Why couldn't Russia grow its economy as fast as China did?

Russia has a population comparable to Japan. But, the size of its GDP is below South Korea. Why couldn't Russia grow its economy as fast as China did? What factors prevented Russia from becoming an ...
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Why did Russia appoint Steven Seagal as a 'special rep.' for US-Russian humanitarian ties?

Why did Russia appoint actor Steven Seagal as an intermediary figure in US-Russo relations? What is this role and what are Seagal's responsibilities? I know that Steven Seagal was recently granted ...
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Did Ukraine lose half its GDP because of sanctions against Russia?

According to a Russian News Agency Ukrainian politician Evgeny Murayev said that Anti-Russian sanctions of the EU and the United States deprived the Ukraine from half of its gross domestic ...
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Why would the NATO not defend its members against Russia?

In this answer the following scenario is presented: Russia invades a NATO member (Norway in this case). The NATO does nothing to defend the victim country. In my opinion this scenario is unrealistic ...
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What's the extent of Russian involvement in Brexit, according to latest research?

I found a Channel 4 piece from November last year, discussing 3 papers, roughly in the order of the quantity of evidence (which however might be inversely correlated with the certainty that they were ...
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Why would Putin or Russia benefit from a weak EU or weak EU countries?

Various (western) commentators and politicians state that "the only one happy with/benefiting from [insert bad scenario here] is Putin/Russia" (I'm not sure which one(s) of the two they mean). ...
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How is Russia planning to question former US ambassador McFaul?

As I understand it, the Helsinki meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin resulted in an offer that seeks to question former Ambassador Michael McFaul in Russia. If this were to happen, how \ ...
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Did Vladimir Putin state that Trump is a puppet?

Weeks ago I read in an opinion news paper article whose author said that Vladimir Putin thought that all the USA presidents he had met were just "mere puppets". There is also a video interview in ...
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Why is it important for the USA to establish good relations with Russia/Putin? [closed]

The incumbent US president is very keen to establish a good and close relations with Russia and Putin. Donald Trump's foreign policy speech earns praise in Russia Trump on Russia: We are not bound ...
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Does the opposition figure with the highest chance to challenge Putin always end up disqualified?

In Russia, since Putin took [part in] power (say since 2000), is it always the case that opposition leaders that were attaining high popularity (relative to other opposition figures), or at least high ...
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Given Putin's widespread support, why cheat in elections?

It's generally agreed that there was cheating in the Russian presidential elections, with the aim of increasing the number of votes for Vladimir Putin. There were widespread irregularities, and in ...
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Has Trump's position on the existence of Russian meddling been consistent (in the past few months)?

The latest news is that: [Journalist:] Just now, President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Every U.S. intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did. ...
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Was any official explanation provided for Trump defending Russia over FBI?

According to BBC, US President Donald Trump has defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 presidential election: After face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr ...
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Can translators be subpoenaed?

For instance, could the translator who was in the room with Putin and Trump be subpoenaed to testify as to what Trump said to Putin? Let's say the U.S. determines it to be a matter of national ...
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Did any group in Russia oppose Crimean annexation?

Did any group in Russia oppose Crimean annexation? If Yes, I have a few more questions: Were they political groups or non-political groups? What was their objective: only to oppose Putin, or, to ...
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Why was Alexei Kudrin nominated by Putin as the Chairman of Accounts Chamber?

First of all, Alexei Kudrin is an independent politician. Secondly, he has a spat with Dimitry Medvedev and lost his job as the Minister of Finance. Why was Alexei Kudrin nominated by Putin as the ...
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Which position in Russia is more powerful in the field of economy?

Which position in Russia is more powerful in the field of the economy: Chairman of the Accounts Chamber Minister of Finance and why?
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Has the White House explained why President Trump connected the NSA data deletion to the Russia investigation?

The National Security Agency (NSA) just deleted all the phone call metadata it has collected since 2015, because it found that it inadvertently collected metadata that it wasn’t authorized to collect. ...
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How did Russia retain the UNSC veto power of the Soviet Union?

I am not sure what the criteria are to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council, but I do wonder how did Russia manage to keep its veto power after the dissolution of the Soviet Union? I ...
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Why didn't Western countries boycott the 2018 World Cup?

According to this article Russian government believes that 2018 World Cup will help Russian economy on the medium term: a survey by the Russian government last week. It said the World Cup's boost ...
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What is Russian Federation policy for information declassification related to historical events within neighboring countries?

During the last years I have encountered several cases when Russian classified documents are supposed to contain relevant information for some key events in Romania: Romania's last king - some ...
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Have some of Russian troops withdrawn from Syria since Putin's announcement in december 2017?

On 11 december 2017, Vladimir Putin announced that Russian army would partially withdraw from Syria. "In two years, the Russian armed forces, together with the Syrian army, have defeated the most ...
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Why does the U.S. oppose the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project?

Why does the U.S. oppose the €9.5 billion Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project?
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As of 2018, why did Putin get involved in Syria? [duplicate]

When Russia first got involved in Syria, a few points came in my mind: To distract the international community from Crimean annexation. To secure a naval base in Syria so that they can get involve in ...
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Why was the Kerch strait bridge built along a long route?

Russia just completed construction of a very long bridge across the Kerch strait - 23km. I was wondering - why didn't it build the bridge along the shorter route, from Chushka port, where the ferry ...
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Why did Russia ban Telegram but not WhatsApp, given the latter uses end-to-end encryption by default?

Quite recently (in April), Telegram has been banned/blocked in Russia for refusal to give up encryption keys to Russian agencies. Telegram's defence was built around the fact that they don't even have ...
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What did Israel offer Russia for cancelling the S-300 delivery to Syria

According to this link, Russia has cancelled its delivery of S-300 to Syria because of Israel's lobbying. But, I am curious, What is Israel offering Russian in return?
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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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What has been Russia's response to the US strikes on Syria?

Russia warned of consequences for the strikes against Syria, and it seems they have made warnings prior to the strikes. Has there been a response or a mobilization of their military that might ...
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Is Russia devaluing their currency?

Today Donald Trump said: Russia and China are playing the Currency Devaluation game as the U.S. keeps raising interest rates. Not acceptable! Is there any evidence that Russia is devaluing their ...
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What does the Assad regime gain from the use of “chemical weapons” on Syrian civilians? [duplicate]

What does Assad hope to gain from the use of these so called chemical weapons that the west is claiming he's using on his people? To me it would only make things worse for his regime and give even ...
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Why does EU Commission seem to allow quite different Russia gas prices for EU members?

According to Telegraph (an account is required to read the whole article), Gazprom seemed to have created an important pressure by using different gas prices for different EU countries: Vladimir ...
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Is it illegal for foreigners to pay US citizens to engage in political activities in the US?

It's been reported that 13 Russian Federation citizens have been indicted in the US for waging a misinformation campaign during the last Presidential election cycle in the hopes of sowing discontent. ...
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When was the last time the US was presented with a military ultimatum?

It's been reported (by a number of sources) that the Russian Federation "warned" yesterday, 12 April 2018, that if any US missiles target sites in Syria, then the Russian assets would attempt to shut ...
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Why the USA wants to risk a conflict with Russia by preparing military interventions in Syria [closed]

After the still entirely unproven chemical attack(s) of Assad troops versus the opposition forces/civilians, the USA seems to risk an open conflict and may even prepare a military intervention in ...
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Why is the UK against joint inquiry into the poisoning of Sergey Skripal? Is it a deadlock?

Today at an emergency meeting of the OPCW, Russia proposed a joint UK/Russia inquiry into the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy Sergey Skripal. However, the UK members described this proposal as "perverse"...
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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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Is Cuba financially supported by Russia?

I know that in 1989 when the Soviet Union collapsed, they stopped financially supporting a lot of their "clients". So, for example, the Derg in Ethiopia collapsed and was overthrown in 1991 after they ...
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Are the 21 countries expelling Russian diplomats only for solidarity?

Are the 21 countries expelling Russian diplomats only to show solidarity with the UK or are there any other reasons involved?
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Why was President Trump heavily criticized for congratulating Putin on winning the election?

According to The Guardian, President Trump was subject to criticism over his decision to congratulate President Putin on winning Russian elections in 2018: Donald Trump defended himself against ...
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Number of Russian Diplomats throughout USA

The US expelled 60 Russian diplomats today, 26th March 2018. How many diplomats from Russia are in the US, at embassies, consulates, etc.?
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What could the UK stand to gain from the attempted assassination of ex-spy Skripal? [closed]

Russia has been accused by the UK to be responsible for the alleged chemical attack on Sergey Skripal, but has officially and vehemently denied any involvement. Moreover, Russian government officials ...
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Why did Vladimir Putin’s approval rating increase substantially after the annexation of Crimea?

Was it mainly because of the decision to annex Crimea? If so, why did that have major backing among Russian people? Here's a link to a snapshot of the Levada Center's English-language page from ...
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What international or domestic legal consequences could Russia face, if it is proven that Skripal was poisoned by Russian operatives?

There seems to be some debate, if extra judicial killings commited by intelligence services are legal and what laws they are breaking. Famous historical examples are the killings commited by Mossad. ...
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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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Can the UK afford to extend sanctions to financial ones as a response to latest ex-spy's murder?

Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats over ex-spy’s poisoning. Most probably, this will be followed by a symmetric action from the Russian side. Assuming that the UK considers issuing more consistent ...
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Why didn't the UK release its results about Novichok when Russia asked for it?

Following this article, why didn't the UK release its results about Novichok when Russia asked for it?
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Are there any facts according to which the Russian government is responsible for the chemical attack in Great Britain?

Today the Russian government was officially accused by Theresa May of the recent chemical attack in Great Britain, but are there any facts on which this accusation is based? By fact I mean some true ...
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What would the Kremlin stand to gain from killing the ex-spy Sergey Skripal?

What would the Kremlin stand to gain from assassinating the ex-spy Sergey Skripal, now critically ill after being poisoned on March 4th 2018 with a nerve agent?