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How did Russia retain the UNSC veto power of the Soviet Union?

Essentially, you got a permanent seat on the Security Council if you were one of the major powers who won WW2 and went about setting up the post-war peace organisation, i.e the United Nations. When ...
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"Communism in the Soviet Union, China, etc., wasn't real communism" - is that true?

Its mostly a matter of definition. Communism was supposed to bring about a better, more rational world in both Russia and China. Marx theorised that once the dead hand of capitalist exploitation was ...
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Why do one-party states still have a party at all?

While it needn't be this way, per se, political parties and the government are often separate institutions as a matter of having different operational objectives. The job of the government is to run ...
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Why do so many Russians approve of Joseph Stalin's regime?

I'm not sure there's anything more than expert opinion as an answer: Levada sociologist Karina Pipiya told BBC Russian: "There is growing nostalgia for the Soviet period and Stalin as a leader. ...
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Why does Russia choose to depend on the Bosporus Strait for shipping?

Because the Baltic Sea ices over every winter. In theory, you could continue year-round operations with icebreakers and cargo ships with a sufficient ice class but that's expensive and there are only ...
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Why have the Venona materials not yet vindicated McCarthyism?

Why has the mainstream narrative continued to regard McCarthyism as "making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence"? Because there is no evidence that McCarthy was ...
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Why was homosexuality unacceptable in USSR?

I think it is like asking why drinking too much vodka was so widely accepted in the SU, if nothing in "Das Kapital" promoted it. First, you are right that there is nothing in the Communist ideology ...
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Does Putin want to restore the USSR?

The question isn't really answerable at present, but it doesn't look as if the answer is "yes." Putin has not said that he wants to restore the USSR. If that were his objective, he would be ...
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How did Russia retain the UNSC veto power of the Soviet Union?

When a country dissolves, merges, or suffers some other major changes, it's customary that the new country which emerges from this process inherits the rights and duties of the former - for example, ...
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Does Putin want to restore the USSR?

No, President Putin has never explicitly mentioned that his goal is to restore the USSR specifically. This quote about Putin: "A dictator bent on rebuilding an empire..." refers to an empire,...
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Why do so many Russians approve of Joseph Stalin's regime?

Probably because his reign brought them into the position of 'world power'. The USSR may have fell apart, but that happened well after Stalin was no longer on charge. The USSR was a force to be ...
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Why do one-party states still have a party at all?

In addition to William's spot-on answer, a cynical person might say that, instead of holding elections, a single-party state uses hidden top-of-party infighting to run purges and determine who is ...
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Did Soviet Union ever apologize for its alliance with Germany before 1941?

As far as "spheres of influence" are concerned, they did denounce it On Christmas Eve 1989, Soviet lawmakers had indeed admitted the existence of the secret protocol of the MRP [Molotov-...
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Why do so many Russians approve of Joseph Stalin's regime?

You are coming at this from the wrong angle. Ask yourself: why do the French approve of Napoleon? They actually have extremely similar histories: A revolution happens, overthrowing the ancient ...
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How did Russia retain the UNSC veto power of the Soviet Union?

After the dissolution of the USSR, a commonwealth was created called Commonwealth of Independent States. This organization is a military and economic alliance between former USSR nations (and open to ...
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Why do one-party states still have a party at all?

To understand the situation in socialist one-party states, I think it is important to understand the meaning and significance that "the Party" has in communist/Marxist theory and ideology. ...
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Did most French people change their opinion about who contributed most to the defeat of Nazi Germany?

In short, yes the information presented in that graphic is well sourced and appears generally reliable. The creator of the graphic is Olivier Berruyer who is French political blogger. His source is ...
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Why do Communist states (e.g. USSR, China) oppose religion so much?

One aspect not explicitly mentioned by the others, and why a country like the People's Republic of China is still wary of religion it doesn't control even though it has strayed quite far from dogmatic ...
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Why did the former SSR countries like Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia face no trouble from Russia joining NATO and EU?

There are several reasons. Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia don't pose as significant strategic geopolitical threat as invasion route. Ukraine and Georgia do. I covered the geopolitical motifs that ...
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Why was homosexuality unacceptable in USSR?

There were two unrelated forces that ultimately pulled in the same direction: In a move that seems entirely unfamiliar to hard-left-wing homosexuality rights advocates in the West, USSR (and, ...
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Why does North Korea test their nuclear weapons underground?

Why? We now understand that nuclear explosions produce fallout, especially ground bursts. That was only partly understood in the early years, and there was a war on. It is much smarter to test deep ...
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Does it make sense to label Lenin as a 'social democrat'?

I think that you are wrong both in your definition of social democracy, and in your understanding of how meaningful a reform the NEP was under Lenin. "Social democratic" is conventionally part of the ...
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Why do one-party states still have a party at all?

One point worth remembering is that many one-party states such as the former GDR (East Germany) were/are in theory multiparty democracies which just don't allow parties that campaign to do ...
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Left, right change on Russia

Because Russia in the 60s was a different country than Russia in the 21st century. In the 60s, Russia was called the Soviet Union and was the leader of the Communist world. Communism is generally ...
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Why do one-party states still have a party at all?

The question and some of the existing answers are based on a fundamental misconception of the role of the main party in a socialist/Marxist-Leninist regime. In the Soviet Union and its satellite ...
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Were treaties made with the Soviet Union automatically applicable to Russia?

Yes, as the Russian Federation is legally the successor state of the USSR and assumes all obligations, roles, debts, etc. of the former entity. Interestingly, Ukraine also claims that it's the ...
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Does Putin want to restore the USSR?

I'll add a few elements I'm not seeing in the other answers. I won't insist on the internal organization of Russia under Putin here because that has been covered a lot before; I'll focus here on the ...
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"Communism in the Soviet Union, China, etc., wasn't real communism" - is that true?

The social order in the USSR wasn't even claimed to be "Communism." The social order in the Union of the Soviet (translation: committee or committee-based) Socialist Republics was self-...
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Why did the former SSR countries like Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia face no trouble from Russia joining NATO and EU?

The naval base in Crimea is Russia's only warm water port. Because they have their most important naval base there, there are many Russians in Crimea. Once they already invaded Crimea, there was ...
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