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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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Does Putin support the ideas of Communism and/or Socialism? [closed]

I know he's no lefty on social issues and foreign policy, but coming from the Soviet Union, is Vladimir Putin known to support economic concepts that are more inline with the left? Has Putin been ...
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Why don't Russia and Ukraine enter an official state of war?

It's clear since 2014 that Russian troops have invaded Ukrainian territory. Crimea was fully annexed and Donbass is in a state of perpetual conflict. However officially speaking Russia and Ukraine ...
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If Russia is funding right-wing politicians within the EU, why doesn't the EU return the favor and start funding Putin's opponents in Russia?

There are numerous reports about how Russia is financing right-wing politicians within the EU in order to unbalance the Union. But why doesn't the EU return the favor and start funding people like ...
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What political benefit would there be in stronger ties with Putin and Russia?

I was reading this article about Marine Le Pen stating that [Ms. Le Pen] vows to... strengthen ties Vladmir Putin's Russia. What is so significant about strengthening ties with Russia, and why ...
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Did Putin exclusively ban western food, or are Asian imports also prohibited?

Remember when Putin did that thing of banning western food from Russia, and having all currently imported food destroyed. Well, just curious; is that sudden bout of protectionism still in effect? And ...
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Why does Russia back Serbia?

I heard on Youtube (channel NowThis, video "Can Kosovo survive as an independent state?") that Russia prevents Kosovo from joining the UN because Russia backs Serbia, and Serbia doesn't want Kosovo to ...
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Is Cuba still intervening in Syria to help the Russians?

This Daily Beast article is now a couple of years old, dating from October 2015. Here are the lead graphs. Not for the first time Cuban forces are doing Russia’s dirty work, this time in Syria. On ...
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Why are economic sanctions allowed under WTO rules?

Russia is currently being sanctioned by numerous Western countries for occupying Crimea and invading Donbass. However both Russia and the Western countries are members of the World Trade Organization (...
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How does Russian populace view Kurds?

Are there any polls or research on how Russian populace views Kurds (in general, or those in Turkey specifically)?
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What is Putin's stance on United States invading Syria and overthrowing the Assad regime? [duplicate]

Rex Tillerson said that steps are underway to remove the Assad regime. The United States has also accused Assad of using chemical weapons, yet provided no clear evidence or documentations other than ...
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Why does Russia rarely prosecute computer criminals?

I have noticed that in Russia cyber criminals are rarely brought to justice or extradite (even non Russian citizens) except if their wrongdoing affects Russian citizens or some former USSR countries. ...
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Left, right change on Russia

In the 60's the left was always politically closer to Russia, now it seems the right (Trump, LePenn, etc) are more pro Russia. Why?
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How do Russia and the US know the other side keeps nuclear arsenals at agreed levels?

There are treaties between some countries that obligate the signatories to have not more nuclear weapons than specified in the treaty. How does the US know that Russia doesn't have more weapons than ...
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Which one is the next country most likely to be partly or fully annexed by Russia? [closed]

After Ukraine and Georgia, Which one is the next country most likely to be partly or fully annexed by Russia?
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Does Russia need Turkey to bring anti-regime forces to the negotiating table?

I was puzzled by the following sentence in an article titled Turkey’s snuggling up to Russia is likely to hurt it in the February 16th, 2017 print issue of The Economist: Russia needs Turkey to ...
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How did the shooting down of the Russian jet by Turkish forces affect the relationship between Russia and Turkey?

A Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M Fencer Bomber near the Syria–Turkey border on 24 November 2015. There was the immediate and as expected angry reaction from the ...
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What motivation would Russia have to blackmail Trump and his administration? [duplicate]

This question is not about whether or not Trump and co. are being manipulated by Russia. A discussion of that and any pertinent evidence is best left for another post. No, I'm asking about why ...
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Are there Trump administration officials who are demonstrably more antagonistic to Russia?

The common perception is that Trump administration is less antagonistic to Russia than, say, Republican congressional leadership, or the latter-day Obama administration (we won't digress into the "...
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What specifically did Michael Flynn do wrong?

These are the three things which I understand about the situation: He potentially discussed sanctions with a Russian ambassador He misrepresented or lied about his conversations with the Russian ...
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Why is Iran buying passenger jets from USA and EU?

Source Interestingly, even after long sanctions and diplomatic melt down, they are buying 80 jets from USA (Boeing) and 50-60 jets from EU (Airbus). Why did Iran order jets from USA and EU when ...
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Why don't the other countries of Europe maintain as massive a military as Russia does?

The countries that are in my inquiry list are: --------+----------+-------------+-----------+--------- SN | Country | Population | GDP | DefExp --------+----------+-------------+---------...
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Why does Russia always put importance on world dominance rather than economic development?

For instance, China has also put importance on military muscle, but not with the price of the economy. The following graph shows that Russia's GDP is falling and China's GDP has rocketed. The ...
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Is it legal for US non-government organizations to take funding from a foreign country and fund US candidates for office?

Can a private charity 501(c)(3) or (4) be banned in the US for laundering money from a foreign country if they can't prove they have a monetary firewall between it and its other legal entities and ...
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Why are almost all of the United Nations headquarters located in Europe or America?

Why are almost all of the United Nations headquarters located in Europe or America? Why aren't there any headquarter of UN department in Asia or Latin America or Africa? See this Wikipedia list:
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What is the risk of Russia invading Baltics?

Back in the late 70s and early 80s, US Department of Defense was readily preparing for USSR invasion of Iran, which turned out to be a complete blunder in intelligence. Are we experiencing the same ...
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Why did Obama decide to expel Russian diplomats?

Why did Obama choose to expel 35 diplomats and operatives in retaliation for Russia's hacking during the elections? It appears reducing the number of diplomats may strain our relationship with Russia ...
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Who has more “diplomats”, Russia or the United States?

Given the current spat over diplomatic expulsions between Russia and the United States an interesting question is: who has more diplomats? The US expelled 35 Russian diplomats. Assuming that Russia ...
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What caused the Rep. party members' dramatic shift on views on Russia?

The recent data published by The Economist/YouGov (PDF, ##26, 28) taken on December 10-13 2016, clearly indicate a dramatic change on Republican party members' view on Russia and Putin: The surveys ...
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Did USA interfere in Putin's elections (parliamentary election in December 2011)? [closed]

Is Putin's alleged meddling in US elections 2016 revenge for US interference in prior Russian elections? According to this article, Putin thinks [Clinton] interfered in his election - the ...
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Why might the Russians want Trump to win? [duplicate]

The American CIA reportedly believes that the Russians, in the form of the Russian government and possibly private actors, went to signficant length (psych / cyber ops) to help Trump win. Having said ...
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Is the Russian legislature unusually enthusiastic about Trump's victory?

It has been widely reported that, upon the announcement of Donald Trump's victory in the American presidential election, the Russian Duma erupted into applause. These reports are sometimes alarmist ...
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How big is Iran's military budget?

It seems that a very high percentage of the Iran's oil revenues will be spent on buying arms: Iran and China sign military cooperation agreement Russia, Iran plan $10bn arms supply to Tehran How ...
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What are the upsides or advantages to the USA of intervening in Syria?

As Syria is a Russian ally/client state, U.S. intervention in Syria's civil war was bound to anger Russia and draw them into the conflict to protect their sphere of influence. It has turned into a ...
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Why does Russia need to win Aleppo for the Assad regime before they can withdraw?

I just read this very interesting article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/19/russia-taunts-us-with-biggest-military-offensive-since-the-cold/ And the author stated that Russia need to win ...
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Is the borderline between DPRK and Russia anyhow protected?

Is there anything that doesn't allow the people of DPRK to cross the North Korea-Russian border?
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Russia and the Security Council resolution on a Syria ceasefire

Why did Russia block the recent U.N. Security Council resolution on a ceasefire in Aleppo?
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Why would the Russian government use hackers and email leaks to try to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election? [closed]

Assuming the Joint Statement from the Department Of Homeland Security and Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Election Security is correct that: only Russia’s senior-most officials ...
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Why would the Russian Annexation of Crimea be illegal?

Hillary Clinton answered a journalist's question about Trump appearing on the Larry King Show, a Russian State TV program. She called the annexation of Crimea was illegal. But, there was a legal ...
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Why does Russia hold hard on keeping Chechnya?

Since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, lot of its republics chose to be independent states and most succeeded without any significant pressure from the then newly established Russia. But one ...
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What domestic benefits might Putin expect from endorsing Trump?

This is a follow up from my other question. The answers in the linked question agreed that Putin's incentives for endorsing Trump were primarily domestic, such as pushing anti-U.S. government ...
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Can you give me a pro-Kremlin news source?

As a daily academic exercise, I read news articles on the same topic from multiple news agencies with a different political orientation. I'd like to add a pro-Kremlin news agency; with a preference ...
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Was there any change in perception of Militia/Police in Russia after the renaming?

A while back, Russia renamed their cops from Militsia into Politsia (Police). Are there any surveys showing whether the brand name change (as opposed to any specific meaningful changes to the ...
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What's the difference between National Guard and MVD Internal Forces?

In the newsfeed there was an item that Putin signed the law which creates National Guard in Russia, seemingly replacing MVD (Ministry of the Internal Affairs) Internal Forces. What is the difference ...
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Why World is Silent on use of Phosphorus in Aleppo

Ok I can understand that Russia has the Veto power but still there is not even a word of condemnation on use of White Phosphorus by Russia on the innocent civilians in Aleppo. (Worthy note that White ...
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How is authority distributed in the Commonwealth of Independent States?

As a sort of a successor organization to the Soviet Union, which itself was a successor to the Russian Empire, it would seem that some of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States ...
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Why and since when did Russia stop integrating itself into the Western community?

After the downfall of the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation was on its way to integrating itself into the Western community politically, economically and socially (by Western World I mean the so-...
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Who caused the Ukraine crisis, according to Putin?

In reaction to Euromaidan, Putin claimed, that the whole Ukraine crisis was planned by USA and EU. Afterwards he argued that he invaded Ukraine to stop the authoritarian regime taking rule. But ...
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Why are Russian planes flying so close to US military personnel? [closed]

Over the past week, I've seen a couple news stories about Russian aircraft flying unusually near US military personnel, including warships and US aircraft. What does Russia gain from this, and why are ...
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UNSC resolution does not ban Su-30 fighter jet sales to Iran: Russia

Russia says UNSC resolution does not ban Su-30 fighter jet sales to Iran, But US Department of State Undersecretary for Political Affairs, Thomas Shannon, claimed that under the resolution, such ...
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What is the basis for Putin describing the collapse of the Soviet Union as “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century? [closed]

what is the basis for this commonly-quoted statement by Vladimir Putin? As reported on Politifact: Above all, we should acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical ...