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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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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Have some of Russian troops withdrawn from Syria since Putin's announcement in december 2017?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?
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Why are states purportedly performing assassinations with chemical and radioactive weapons?

Purportedly the Russian state assassinated Alexander Litvinenko by poisoning with him with: radioactive polonium-210, believed to have been administered in a cup of tea Alexander Litvinenko: ...
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What action could the UK actually take against Russia in light of the Salisbury attack?

Unsurprisingly to many, the UK government has concluded that it's highly likely Russia was behind the nerve agent attack that left two former Russian spies in a critical condition. She [Theresa May]...
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Have any EU countries (or EU as whole) banned Russian Vodka?

I have recently noticed an increase of Vodka advertising in my country and I remember that there were some discussions within EU about banning some Russian products. According to this article, back ...
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What was George W. Bush's explanation at the time, for unilaterally withdrawing from the ABM treaty?

The Wikipedia page on the ABMT says Supporters of the withdrawal argued that it was a necessity in order to test and build a limited National Missile Defense to protect the United States from ...
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What might Russia gain from a false-flag hack on the Olympics?

During the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, a number of South Korean computers were hacked prior to the opening ceremony. A report following the event from two U.S. officials who spoke on the ...
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Did the US request that Russia extradite the 13 Russians charged by Mueller?

On Friday February 16th, 2018, the office of special council announced indictments of 13 Russian Federation nationals with the crimes of fraud against the United States. According to CNN, Russia has ...
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Are the U.S.A. and Russia in a conflict similar to the “Cold War” in 2018?

From my understanding the "Cold War" was not really a war in the traditional sense, but a term to describe the tension between the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. as they attempted to destabilise and weaken each ...
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Why the huge Olympic games scandals with Russian doping? [closed]

I recently discussed the Olympic games with people, and I heard an argument in favor of Russia: "Yes, the whole world uses doping, they say, scandals with our sportsmens -- this is a purely a ...
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Why doesn't Russia recognize Kosovo if it uses the Kosovo precedent to justify annexing Crimea?

The Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Crimea written in 2014 explicitly mentions Kosovo as a precedent for unilateral declarations of independence. This declaration of independence was ...
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What is the Trump administration's legal basis for not imposing sanctions on Russia?

In July, Congress passed, in a near-unanimous vote, a law called the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which among other things imposes sanctions on Russia for their interference ...
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Why would Putin even bother barring Navalny from participating?

The BBC describes Navalny as Putin's main opposition rival (example article), despite the fact that he has rarely scored over 2% in opinion polls (at least two other opposition candidates score ≥6%). ...
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How many people in the US watch RT programming regularly?

RT is the focus of much public debate - about its content mostly. But what about its reach? That is, how many people the US watch RT programs regularly (over all media - TV, the RT website, YouTube, ...
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Why does Russia seem to praise USSR personalities almost three decades after the fall of communism?

The dissolution of the Soviet Union occurred on December 26, 1991, more than 26 years ago. However, communism personalities (symbols) are still displayed in many places: Body of Stalin was temporary ...
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Why shouldn't BBC have to register as a foreign agent?

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is, as far as I know, a fully government-subsidized British TV channel. Does that not make it an arm of the British government? While some may point to its ...
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Why would Russia supply a NATO country with S400 Missiles batteries?

Yesterday, Sergei Chemezov, head of Russian state conglomerate Rostec, announced that Russia will supply four S-400 missile batteries for $2.5 billion to Turkey. This seems bizarre for a number of ...
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What's the relationship between North Korea and Russia?

We all know the relationship between the USA and North Korea and how the two presidents keep threatening each other. I know that the majority of the EU stands with Trump in this matter, but do we know ...
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How does the disqualification of Alexei Navalny affect the legitimacy of the Russian presidential elections? [closed]

Now that Alexei Navalny has been barred from the elections Vladimir Putin will be the only candidate in the Russian elections to be held next year. Is it illegal to bar a candidate even though he is ...
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How can EU/USA consider Russian presidential elections legitimate if non-Russian citizens in Crimea will be able to take part in them?

There will be presidential elections in Russia in March 2018. EU and USA do not considered Crimea as part of Russia, however citizens of that region (around 2 million people) will take part in that ...