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Questions tagged [russian-federation]

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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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 ...
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Why did Vladimir Putin order a pullout from Syria in late 2017?

Vladimir Putin ordered pullout of Russian troops from Syria. Why such a decision? Russia had entered Syria to ensure that Bashar-Al-Assad remain in power and the West do not put a puppet in power? It ...
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Which KGB people captured the post-Soviet state?

In this Interview, Luke Harding, a journalist, said that: But what’s happened in the kind of post-Soviet era is that it’s been hijacked by a group of basically KGB people, who have captured the ...
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If the Russian regime is so popular, why does it need to invest into limiting freedom of expression?

According to this article, Putin has signed two laws that further limit freedom of expression (law source): Two new laws in Russia jeopardize the privacy and security of internet users and aim to ...
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Putin's 2016 announcement : Withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria

Russia's president Vladimir Putin famously announced on 2016, March the 14th, that Russian armed forces would leave Syria as "the six-month military intervention had largely achieved its objective". ...
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Why did the US force Russia Today to register as a foreign agent? How does it benefit the US?

Why did the US force Russia Today to register as a foreign agent? It seems like the US government are shooting themselves in the foot — this gives Russia an excellent excuse to force Voice of America ...
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Why did Russia reduce punishment for some forms of domestic violence?

According to this article, Russia reduced the punishment for some forms of domestic violence at the beginning of 2017: Russian MPs have backed a controversial bill reducing the punishment for ...
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Is there anything illegal in Russia buying into the Uranium Market?

What I've read about it, in 2009 or 2010 a Russian company bought a 20% share in Uranium one, a Uranium mining company based in South Africa that is US and Canada owned. No physical Uranium was ...
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Is there a reliable English translation of “Foundations of Geopolitics” by Aleksandr Dugin?

This book is apparently fairly influential in Russia: Few books published in Russia during the post-communist period have exerted such an influence on Russian military, police, and foreign policy ...
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Supposed “Russia-linked” political ads placed on Facebook - are there examples?

It has recently been alleged that the "Russia-linked" accounts spent 50,000-150,000 USD on some kind of "politically divisive ads" on Facebook before or around the US presidential elections in ...
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Is there any diplomatic or strategic hurdle from Russian part regarding arms sales to Pakistan?

Monetary matters aside, can Pakistan buy, say, 100 units of Su-30MK/Su-30SM/Su-35s from Russia? What about S400 SAM systems? Given the present circumstances, Is there any diplomatic or strategic ...
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What is the total amount of defense deal between USA and India right now?

What is the total amount of defense order that the USA has bagged from India in billions during Obama and Trump's presidency? How does it compare to the Indo-Russian contract during the same time?
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Can a country escape US sanction by merging its economy with a country USA can't put sanction on?

Suppose, Russia cooperates with China. Russia signs FTA with China Russian banks start to operate in China and vice versa Chinese companies open manufacturing plants in Russia and vice versa Russia ...
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Pence as president? [duplicate]

If it turns out that trump was elected due to collusion with Russia, does that mean that it was actually a Clinton win due to cheating in the trump camp? And if so, can v.p. pence then be president (...
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How does official Russian strategy view Turkey from military standpoint?

How does official Russian strategy view Turkey from military standpoint? I'm looking for views that are officially published, such as position papers, official military/strategic doctrine documents, ...
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May the UN security council kick out permanent members?

It seems there is often a country or two using their veto power to dissent from the other members. Is there any mechanism for the UN to remove them in order to create their desired outcome? Or, in ...
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Germany's reaction to the latest US sanction on Russia

On 27 July 2017, The US Senate has passed a bill to slap new sanctions on Russia. Germany was a strong critic of this sanction from the beginning. Germany even threatened retaliation. As this link ...
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The Paradox of Russian Nazis

It is often reported that Russia has one of the largest neo-Nazi communities in the world. Which to me seems utterly bizarre. As I understand it, Germany's National Socialists in theory and practice,...
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Why would Russia care about NATO troops on its borders if it has nuclear weapons?

In a related question on why Russia is against Ukraine joining the EU, @user4012 writes the following: Basically, Russia has no natural defensive perimeter of its core. Thus, its permanent strategy ...
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Is it common to deny airspace access rights to personae non gratae within the European Union?

According to an article in the Washington Post, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin had to scrap a trip to Moldova on Friday after his plane was barred from entering Romanian and Hungarian ...
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Why won't Russia leave the Council of Europe?

The ECHR seems to constantly ruling against the current political regime in Russia, such as in the lawsuit by former Yukos shareholders. While Russia can obviously ignore any ruling they don't like as ...
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Why did Russia expect Trump to have a friendlier attitude towards them than Obama and Clinton? [closed]

Russia has recently announced they're expelling 755 American diplomats as a response to Obama's equivalent move last year: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that the United States will ...
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How does Russia define religious extremism?

Currently, Jehovah's Witnesses are banned from meeting or preaching in Russia due to accusations of religious extremism. Jehovah's Witnesses are known for being pacifists (they refuse military service,...
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Was Russia really able to solve its 'Ukraine problem' by invasion?

As far as I knew, Russia invaded Ukraine because Ukraine wanted to join the West. Why was Ukraine joining NATO a problem? Because Russia wanted to maintain a buffer zone between NATO and its border (...
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Have any investigators requested the minutes of Trump's Oval Office meeting?

On May 19, the New York Times published a story which said that according to the official White House minutes of President Trump's May 10 Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei ...
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Why is it a problem for Trump Jr to have met with Russians?

My understanding is that Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer intending to get information damaging to Hillary Clinton from said lawyer. Campaigning politicians always gather damaging information about ...
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Who does the “Crown prosecutor of Russia” refer to?

In an email sent from Rob Goldstone to Donald Trump Jr. that was released by Trump Jr. on Twitter, it was mentioned in one email that the "Crown prosecutor of Russia" met with Aras Agalarov. The ...
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What does Russian “Meddling” mean? [duplicate]

Almost daily we hear that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. What does it mean to meddle? What is the evidence? med·dle verb interfere in or busy oneself unduly with ...
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Why is the USA able to damage the Russian economy by imposing sanctions but Russia can't do the same?

Why is the USA able to damage the Russian economy by imposing sanctions but Russia can't do the same? For example see U.S. tightens sanctions on Russia over Crimea, New US sanctions on Russia inflame ...