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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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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 ...
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Why is Russia going to withdraw from Syria?

According to this news article, President Putin says that Russia will start withdrawing from Syria, after a relatively brief presence in the area. Why does he choose to withdraw at this moment, and ...
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How exactly Russia benefits from recent terrorist strikes in Brussels?

After the terrorist attacks in Brussels in March, 2016, a Russian top official Zhirinovsky, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Russia, the leader of the second biggest party on Russia and a five ...
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Russian government warned North Korea about the use of legal force against their nuclear threats. What is the general procedure in that case?

Basically, the Russian government warned North Korea that it will create legal grounds for an international forceful intervention when they become a legitimate nuclear threat, so my question is, what ...
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Awareness and opinion of Russians on USSR ethnicity-based population transfers

I'd heard about the deportation of the Crimean tatars for the first time from the Eurovision song 1944, which is one of many population transfers in the Soviet Union. How aware are Russian people ...
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How did the Russian Politburo (Bolshevik) elect its leaders?

As far as I understand, when Stalin got to lead the Politburo there was not a vote for leadership but it was whoever showed that they had the most power. But how can you quantify power? Did they find ...
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Why is Russia Today largely unsympathetic to Muslims in western countries?

I don't read much Russia Today, but some of its articles aren't very sympathetic to Muslims living in western countries. (There may be better examples, but this article cites Breitbart and is roughly ...
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What is the legal background for Russia's seat as a Permanent Member of UNSC?

At the UN's founding in 1945, the Soviet Union became one of the five permanent members of the Security Council. When in December 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, the Russia was arguably recognized ...
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Why there was no Marshall plan for 1990s Russia?

Just imagine the completely different world today if Russia were a part of Free World, member of NATO and a prosperous democracy, like Germany. Was it ever discussed, and if so, why wasn't it ...
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Has Putin's photo ops included wearing fluoro? [closed]

Apart from sport-related photo ops, one of the most frequent photo ops in Australia is the wearing of fluoro (Australian shortening of "fluorescent vest") by then PM Tony Abbott, preferably with a ...
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Is Turkey really buying ISIS Oil, like Russia says? [duplicate]

Is Turkey really buying ISIS Oil, like Russia says?
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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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Are there constituencies for Russia to destroy and annex Israel?

Recently, The grand mufti of Russia (the topmost Muslim cleric) has suggested to Putin of Russia to annex Israel and Mecca: I suggested to Vladimir Putin to deal with Israel as the Crimea. Suppose ...
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Did Turkey take revenge of Russian attacks on ISIS by downing the plane?

Is it possible that Turkey downed the Russian jet because they did not want Russia to be attacking ISIS (and maybe the Syrian Rebels)? It is quite clear that Turkey is the one who buys Oil from ISIS ...
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Had any world leader accused the Turkish govt/military of supporting ISIS/jihadi terrorists, before Putin's response to a Russian jet being downed?

In response to the downing of a Russian fighter jet by the Turkish military in November 2015, Vladamir Putin made a statement implying the Turkish government/military contained "accomplices of ...
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Is there a correlation between Russia's allies and denominations of Islam?

During the recent decade, the most loyal allies of Russia have been Iran, Iraq, and the official government of Syria. (highres image) These countries, including Assad-controlled territories of ...
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How are relationships between Russia and progressive Kurdish groups?

The Turkish PKK, known for its armed struggle for an independent Kurdistan, initially (1970s) described itself as communist, and more recently still rather radical as communalist. It is designated as ...
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What's the Russian interest in the Syrian civil war?

Lately the Russian Federation is showing increasing involvement in the Syrian civil war. They are moving troops to Syria to support Assad. During the 70th UN general assembly they demanded an ...
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What does this statement in the 1978 Constitution of the Russian SFSR mean?

I didn't know where to ask this question, so I am asking it here since it does involve politics to some extent. Full Constitution (In Russian) Here is the statement In Russian: Статья 147. ...
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Is Russia a threat to Poland?

Are there any political reasons why Russia could attack Poland or threaten to attack? And another thing, would placing a NATO base in Poland might be received as a threat to Russia?
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Why did China create SCO while it is already a member of BRICS and there was CSTO?

Why did China create SCO while it is already a member of BRICS and there was CSTO? Why didn't China join CSTO and opened a new organization like SCO? If SCO a military alliance, there was CSTO. If ...
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Have the terrorists ever traded hostages for land? [closed]

On June 18, 2014, the "pro"-Russian terrorists in Ukraine have captured Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian pilot, and secretly transferred her across the state border to terrorist bases in Rostov, Russia and ...
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What is The Kremlin?

This is probably a pretty stupid question, but I just don't know the answer. I hear people on news radio shows, on TV, and I've seen articles that talk about "The Kremlin" but nobody ever describes ...
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What would happen if Russia declared itself the successor of the Russian empire?

As I understand, Russia will have a right to claim on old Russian empire territories + Alaska. But it won't have any rights in UN. Am I right?
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How much is Russia actually a federation?

The official name of Russia is Federation of Russia. Federations are normally a bunch of semi-independant federated states that have their own local laws and tax-collecting habits, but that defer ...
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Why does the Russia oppose calls for UN tribunal to prosecute MH17 suspects?

Russia rejects calls for UN tribunal to prosecute MH17 suspects — The Guardian A senior Russian official has rejected calls for the establishment of a UN tribunal to try those responsible for the ...
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Why doesn't Russia join the European Union?

Why doesn't Russia join the EU? If they become one of them, then they would not be enemies anymore, right? They have already joined the G-20. Then, they could also join EU, right?
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Have Japan and Russia technically been at war since World War II?

I just learned that Japan and Russia never formally signed a peace treaty after WWII, and according to Wiki As of 2015 matters remain unresolved Does that mean that Japan and Russia are still ...
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Why don't signatories of Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances (except Russia) protect Ukraine with force?

The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances is a political agreement providing security assurances by its signatories relating to Ukraine's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of ...
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Why did Russia start its aggression against Ukraine after the Ukrainian unrest from 2013-2014?

There're still different opinions on the level of Russian participation in both the Crimean 2014 crisis and the East Ukraine's military pro-Russian unrest (2014 - now). But if we admit (as I do) that ...
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Would Russia actually retaliate against a US led intervention in Ukraine [closed]

A more specific question is: If any western nation put boots on the ground in the Ukraine; would Russia continue to arm rebels knowing they would likely conflict with non-Ukraine forces? The Ukraine ...
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Are Russia's current military air maneuvers provocation or business as usual?

There are current reports that Russia is flying simulated attacks on baltic countries and the U.K.. NATO has condemned the events, calling them a provocation and an escalation, and gearing up their ...
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Has the world ever seen pure Communism? [closed]

I'm not an expert in politics so there are a few gaps in my understanding of the subject, but I was thinking that all the so called communist countries that have been around don't seem to me to be ...
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Was there any war Russia has ignited that was NOT explained by its “support” of a newly-created “People's Republic”?

This excerpt of a Russian newspaper says: On December 4 {1939}, comrade Molotov has telegraphed to Avenol. In his answer, he stated that there are no reasons for raising "Finnish question", since ...
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Why can't Ukraine just surrender Donetsk and Luhansk?

Is the reason purely prestige and credibility of the government, or are there other significant economic or social issues which prevent the new Ukrainian government from thawing the crises it is still ...
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Is popularity with the Russian public important for Putin?

I've read reports (pre-dating the shooting down of MH17) that the war in Ukraine has increased Putin's popularity with the general Russian public. Link1, Link2. However, does Putin need to be popular ...
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How responsible is Ukraine for allowing civil planes to fly over a war zone?

Regardless of who shot down the plane and taking into account that (non-civil) planes had been shot down before, is Ukraine in part responsible for allowing civil planes to fly over a war zone? It ...
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How accountable will Russia be if it emerges they have supplied the Surface-to-Air Weaponry that brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17?

After today's events, there is a lot of speculation that Flight MH17 was brought down by surface to air weapons. Witnesses appear to have heard the loud explosions before the flight crashed, and ...
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Is Russia socially freer than UK? [closed]

I always thought UK is a country where there is no actual social freedom, because of mass media culture... On the other hand, Russians have got a very indulgent culture, despite of right-wing ...
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What is UN doing about Ukrainian crisis? [closed]

What is UN doing about the Ukrainian crisis?
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Has Russia damaged its reputation by lying?

After the change in government of Ukraine, Russia said that they had not sent troops into Crimea. This statement ended up being false, and Russia seized and annexed the region. Recently Russia said ...
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Couldn't those threatened with asset freezes simply move their money?

There's all this rhetoric about freezing the assets of certain Russians. What I'm asking is, aren't governments issuing these threats simply giving people warning in time to move their money out of ...
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Do China claim Russian region of Amur-Khabarovsk-Primorsky (Eastern-Manchuria)?

The question derived from Russia's recent action on Crimea. I wondered why didn't China support Crimean annexation. A local user mentioned the region Amur-Khabarovsk-Primorsky or Eastern-Manchuria, ...
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Why did ten countries side with Russia in the UN General Assembly vote on Crimea?

The UN General Assembly just held a vote declaring the Russian annexation of Crimea to be illegal. Eleven countries voted against this resolution: Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, ...
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Is the US reconsidering the Brilliant Pebbles project?

Due to the tensions between USA and Russia over Crimea, and the fact that Russia is the second biggest nuclear power, is the US considering resuming the Brilliant Pebbles project in subsequent years?