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Would transporting parts for a military radar instead of "missile parts" aboard a passenger aircraft make any difference under international law?

There are so called "dual purpose goods": items that can be used both for civilian and military applications. These types of goods are heavily regulated. Dual purpose goods include, among ...
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Does President Biden have the authority to supply Ukraine with nuclear weapons?

Possibly, although probably not immediately. As Stančikas points out, the USA is a signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Article I of this states, Each nuclear-weapon ...
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How many Russian politicians send their own children to the war in Ukraine?

Acording to russian sorces the head of the Crimea said that his son was drafted into the army as part of a partial mobilization as can be read in this article: Sergey Aksenov announced his son's call ...
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Association referenda in Luhansk and Donetsk: What % of the population of the balloted areas are first-language Russian speakers?

Almost all of them used either Russian language or Surzhik (a collection of wild varieties of Russian-Ukrainian mix or Ukrainian dialects without stable written form) when they were born. These areas ...
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Association referenda in Luhansk and Donetsk: What % of the population of the balloted areas are first-language Russian speakers?

According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russia plans to hold votes in these regions (only using as a source because that's the best map I found) As for language, it doesn't look like there was ...
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Does President Biden have the authority to supply Ukraine with nuclear weapons?

No. Both USA and Russia are signatories of non proliferation treaty of nuclear weapons (NPT): Each nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty undertakes not to transfer to any recipient whatsoever ...
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Does President Biden have the authority to supply Ukraine with nuclear weapons?

The limits are going to be around weapons that Ukraine can use for self defense and nothing more. This would exclude weapons such as a long range missile that could be used to strike at Moscow. The ...
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Does President Biden have the authority to supply Ukraine with nuclear weapons?

Immediate retaliation The general principle that convinces countries "not to go nuclear" throughout the last 70 years is mutually assured destruction, and an expectation or even promise that ...
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What are some non-partisan sources about the relative balance of power in the Russia-Ukraine conflict?

No completely unbiased and simultaneously reliable sources exists. Still, simply run, say, http://lenta.ru, dan-news.info, and ukr.net, through Google translate and then take the intersection of the ...
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Have anti-Ukraine-war parties in Russia explained what their preferred end state looks like?

A. Navalny said on February 24, 2022: The war with Ukraine has been unleashed to cover up the robbery of Russian citizens and divert their attention away from the country’s internal problems, from ...
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What is "crypto-mobilization"?

It does seem to be an invented term, by that specific think tank. Their first use seems to have July 1st, but concerned economic measures: The Kremlin is likely setting conditions for crypto-...
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Does Putin want to restore the USSR?

"USSR" stands for "Union of Soviet Socialist Republics", so if we take it literally the answer must be no, as modern Russia has nothing to do with socialism or communism and is ...
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What is "crypto-mobilization"?

I think this is more of an English language SE question than a politics one. not openly avowed or declared —often used in combination https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crypto This is a ...
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What is "crypto-mobilization"?

The term seems to be invented and used only by ISW. It seem to be refering to encryption of the fact of mobilzation which is done covertly as described in this article. Also as writen in wikipedia ...
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What is "crypto-mobilization"?

It seems to be a neologism applied to Russia's current efforts to boost recruitment, which (allegedly) involves promising prisoners amnesty, recruiting various contactors that reportedly don't get ...
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Why does Putin refer to the Ukraine invasion as a 'Special Operation'?

Full scale war means mobilization - which means removing people from plants, offices and factories and back to armed forces (Russia do have a one-year mandatory duty for all men above 18 years). Of ...
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Does Russia have a troop-surge party?

I've accepted convert's answer because while the extra-parliamentary oppn (milblogers etc) have definitely been most regularly critical of Putin on this, Zyuganov (who at least on paper is more ...
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Where are the ships with Ukrainian grain?

Here are some precomputed stats, which are reasonably up to date as I'm writing this (9 Sep): According to the data compiled by Farm Europe on this topic, a total of 96 outbound vessels exported ...
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Where are the ships with Ukrainian grain?

The BBC had this breakdown of historical Ukranian grain exports (2021 numbers shown) There's a number of things that have changed in the interim There's a war between Russia and Ukraine. People are ...
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Soviet funding for Communists

I finally managed to find the full Comintern budget for one year... 1922: approx 3 million gold rubles, i.e. $1.4 million ($19.1 million in 2012 dollars.) That's pretty ancient info, and when the USSR ...
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Soviet funding for Communists

Soviet Union provided huge help for the ruling communist parties all over the world, even if they were only partially consolidated. From 1970 to 1980 the Soviet Union spent some $6.5 billion in ...
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Why didn't the US just complement Russia's security demands to avoid the invasion of Ukraine?

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, speaking thirty days after Russia invaded Ukraine: "We wanna see Russia weakened to the degree that it can't do the kinds of things that it has done in ...
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Which statements about the War in Ukraine are now criminal in Russia?

You've got to take into account that in Russia the letter of the law diverges from the practice of the law very badly. It always did. Basically any statement against the war with Ukraine, no matter ...
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Which statements about the War in Ukraine are now criminal in Russia?

Any (mostly based on the chapter 280). I am not Russian of any kind but I am fluent in this language. The chapter 280 in your linked text offers the punishment for the public discreditation of the ...
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Can the U.S. punish Russia without escalating the war if it chooses to fire artillery shells at Ukraine for the next 10 years?

Currently the sanctions on Russia are primarily upheld by 'the West', that is the EU, the US and their close allies. India, China, most of the Middle East, Africa and South America are all more or ...
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Can the U.S. punish Russia without escalating the war if it chooses to fire artillery shells at Ukraine for the next 10 years?

The US and the remainder of 'the West' could continue the current sanctions, which is arguably not an escalation. The effectiveness would change over time, it may decrease as Russia finds other ...
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Does the U.S. have the legal means to use Russia's frozen assets to finance Ukraine's reconstruction?

The context matters. If to ask "can and would USA just nationalize arbitrary foreign accounts for no reasons", the answer is likely no and all talks about "undermined trust" are ...
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Does the U.S. have the legal means to use Russia's frozen assets to finance Ukraine's reconstruction?

Apparently a precedent for doing so (i.e. unlocking frozen Russian assets to use in the rebuilding of Ukraine) exists legally somewhere in the Iraqi 1990 invasion of Kuwait, according to Philip ...
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Why didn't Russia intervene in the Ukrainian elections?

After 2014, the Kremlin was severely limited in Ukraine on what they could hope to pull off in terms of elections because they had removed a large chunk of the Russian population from the voting pool ...
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Why didn't Russia intervene in the Ukrainian elections?

How about this kind of intervention? Is that intervention enough? Ukraine's former president Viktor Yushchenko says he hopes Europe will wake up to the threat posed by Russia in the wake of the ...
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Why didn't Russia intervene in the Ukrainian elections?

Even if Russia would be able to prevent Zelenskyy from taking office this would mean that Poroshenko would stay there which is not a better alternative. There were even some Russian experts which were ...
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Are there other means Russia can acquire artillery and ammunition?

The Russians have only 4 option to acquire Equipment and Ammunition. Manufacturing & Production. Take from long term storage. Buy back from countries to whom you previously sold you own equipment ...
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Does the U.S. have the legal means to use Russia's frozen assets to finance Ukraine's reconstruction?

Legal from what perspective? International law consists of the assumption that states are sovereign, and negotiated or customary rules between them. Just which customary rules are established enough ...
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Does the U.S. have the legal means to use Russia's frozen assets to finance Ukraine's reconstruction?

Yes. The only potential hurdle to it would be sovereign immunity. But sovereign immunity can be removed with a legislation. There are already laws which remove sovereign immunity to civil law suits. ...
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Are there other means Russia can acquire artillery and ammunition?

I mostly want to make one thing clear: Russia builds most of their weapons itself. That's kind of the point of being a super-power, even one which has been in decline for some time. The notion that ...
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Why is Russia participating in the British royals' cult of personality?

Even if we discount the fringe theories about Russia-UK relations: The main decision makers in Russia are quite old, and even to them the deceased British queen represents a constant for the whole ...
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Was NATO military aid part of Russia's calculation for the invasion of Ukraine?

It looked initially so for me but I cannot find any good source confirming this guess. From what I found, Russia was not expecting Ukrainans to fight seriously using these weapons: At the strategic ...
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Why does Apple not ship the new iPhones with software that would block use in Russia?

Usual trade restrictions are seen as sufficient, one another leaked device is seen as OK and will show how good the sanctioned devices are. GPS based geofencing is overkill.
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Why is Poland demanding $1.3 trillion in reparations from Germany, but not $x trillions from Russia?

Poland has demandes 2020 reparations also from Russia as can be read in this russian article. The translation of the main part of the article: The Polish Foreign Ministry announced the right to ...
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Why does Apple not ship the new iPhones with software that would block use in Russia?

You are talking about Parallel Import, I believe. This is not a "black import." Apple, of course, can block devices without new OS. There are many such cases. For example, an iPhone owner ...
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Are there other means Russia can acquire artillery and ammunition?

As a partial answer, you mentioned "independent arms traders." They don't really exist at this scale. When companies in countries want to sell arms, those countries want to make sure they ...
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Are there other means Russia can acquire artillery and ammunition?

The Soviet Union was a major arms supplier: it provided weapons to the Warsaw Pact countries and many Soviet-aligned and neutral third-world countries (look at, for example, the operators of the T-72 ...
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Has the Russian Federation received any meaningful help from China or North Korea other than political statements against US/NATO/EU?

These two countries are not similar. China has a lot of trading with USA, much more than with Russia, and is careful not to get sanctions itself. Not joining sanctions and maybe one another warm word ...
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Does Konashenkov typically take questions after his briefings for the media?

There are no questions from any journalists, Konashenkov is just reading the official MoD statements in a very monotone way. His statements always begin with: "The Russian armed forces continue a ...
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What is the political justification by China and India for not participating in the sanctions against Russia?

Why would they need justification one way or the other? It isn't their fight. The war is between Russia and Ukraine. China, India, and countless other countries simply don't have a dog in the fight. ...
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Why is Poland demanding $1.3 trillion in reparations from Germany, but not $x trillions from Russia?

FWTW, the PiS leader has also suggested Russia should pay, at least back in 2020 Kaczyński, who rarely speaks with foreign media, repeated his government’s demand that Poland deserves war reparations ...
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Has the Russian Federation received any meaningful help from China or North Korea other than political statements against US/NATO/EU?

According to Western intelligence, yes. North Korea has sold Russia millions of artillery shells and rockets during this year, seemingly to make up for production shortfalls in Russia itself, relative ...
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Why is Poland demanding $1.3 trillion in reparations from Germany, but not $x trillions from Russia?

War reparations are paid for actual wars and when some peace agreements after the war agreed that there are any war reparations due. Poland cannot just invent a claim for some occupation that was ...

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