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Why did Russia appoint actor Steven Seagal as an intermediary figure in US-Russo relations? What is this role and what are Seagal's responsibilities? I know that Steven Seagal was recently granted ...

NBC just announced President Trump was imposing additional sanctions upon Russia for the Skirpal poisoning incident in the UK. These come on top of sanction increases in April, 2018 Senior Trump ...

According to a Russian News Agency Ukrainian politician Evgeny Murayev said that Anti-Russian sanctions of the EU and the United States deprived the Ukraine from half of its gross domestic ...

Russia has a population comparable to Japan. But, the size of its GDP is below South Korea. Why couldn't Russia grow its economy as fast as China did? What factors prevented Russia from becoming an ...

In this answer the following scenario is presented: Russia invades a NATO member (Norway in this case). The NATO does nothing to defend the victim country. In my opinion this scenario is unrealistic ...

Various (western) commentators and politicians state that "the only one happy with/benefiting from [insert bad scenario here] is Putin/Russia" (I'm not sure which one(s) of the two they mean). ...

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 ...

I found a Channel 4 piece from November last year, discussing 3 papers, roughly in the order of the quantity of evidence (which however might be inversely correlated with the certainty that they were ...

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 ...

On 11 december 2017, Vladimir Putin announced that Russian army would partially withdraw from Syria. "In two years, the Russian armed forces, together with the Syrian army, have defeated the most ...

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. ...

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 ...

As I understand it, the Helsinki meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin resulted in an offer that seeks to question former Ambassador Michael McFaul in Russia. If this were to happen, how \ ...

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 ...

In Russia, since Putin took [part in] power (say since 2000), is it always the case that opposition leaders that were attaining high popularity (relative to other opposition figures), or at least high ...

Weeks ago I read in an opinion news paper article whose author said that Vladimir Putin thought that all the USA presidents he had met were just "mere puppets". There is also a video interview in ...

The incumbent US president is very keen to establish a good and close relations with Russia and Putin. Donald Trump's foreign policy speech earns praise in Russia Trump on Russia: We are not bound ...

According to BBC, US President Donald Trump has defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 presidential election: After face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr ...

It's generally agreed that there was cheating in the Russian presidential elections, with the aim of increasing the number of votes for Vladimir Putin. There were widespread irregularities, and in ...

Did any group in Russia oppose Crimean annexation? If Yes, I have a few more questions: Were they political groups or non-political groups? What was their objective: only to oppose Putin, or, to ...

For instance, could the translator who was in the room with Putin and Trump be subpoenaed to testify as to what Trump said to Putin? Let's say the U.S. determines it to be a matter of national ...

The latest news is that: [Journalist:] Just now, President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Every U.S. intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did. ...

Which position in Russia is more powerful in the field of the economy: Chairman of the Accounts Chamber Minister of Finance and why?

First of all, Alexei Kudrin is an independent politician. Secondly, he has a spat with Dimitry Medvedev and lost his job as the Minister of Finance. Why was Alexei Kudrin nominated by Putin as the ...

The National Security Agency (NSA) just deleted all the phone call metadata it has collected since 2015, because it found that it inadvertently collected metadata that it wasn’t authorized to collect. ...

I am not sure what the criteria are to be a permanent member of the UN Security Council, but I do wonder how did Russia manage to keep its veto power after the dissolution of the Soviet Union? I ...

Russia holds a significant share of its assets in US government bonds (as reported, among other things, here). Why do the Russians do it? Why support their enemy by purchasing assets of questionable ...

Is Turkey really buying ISIS Oil, like Russia says?

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-...

Are the 21 countries expelling Russian diplomats only to show solidarity with the UK or are there any other reasons involved?

According to this article Russian government believes that 2018 World Cup will help Russian economy on the medium term: a survey by the Russian government last week. It said the World Cup's boost ...

putin doesn't have any wife. he doesn't plan to marry in the near future, too. why doesn't his government bother to have one? why doesn't russia need a first lady?

During the last years I have encountered several cases when Russian classified documents are supposed to contain relevant information for some key events in Romania: Romania's last king - some ...

Why does the U.S. oppose the €9.5 billion Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project?

Today at an emergency meeting of the OPCW, Russia proposed a joint UK/Russia inquiry into the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy Sergey Skripal. However, the UK members described this proposal as "perverse"...

Which disadvantages does Russia fear?

One of the strongest "weapons" Russia has is the power to shut down gas, which Europe needs. Is there anything suggesting that the NATO might have decided to procrastinate actions in Crimea for a few ...

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 ...

There is widespread consensus that Donald Trump was put into power by the Russians. If this is true, his administration must do some favors for Russia. For example, if Donald Trump lifted sanctions ...

The US and more than 20 other countries have expelled Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. As of this writing, Israel has not expelled any Russian ...

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 ...

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 ...

When Russia first got involved in Syria, a few points came in my mind: To distract the international community from Crimean annexation. To secure a naval base in Syria so that they can get involve in ...

Quite recently (in April), Telegram has been banned/blocked in Russia for refusal to give up encryption keys to Russian agencies. Telegram's defence was built around the fact that they don't even have ...

Russia just completed construction of a very long bridge across the Kerch strait - 23km. I was wondering - why didn't it build the bridge along the shorter route, from Chushka port, where the ferry ...

According to this link, Russia has cancelled its delivery of S-300 to Syria because of Israel's lobbying. But, I am curious, What is Israel offering Russian in return?

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?

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 ...

Was it mainly because of the decision to annex Crimea? If so, why did that have major backing among Russian people? Here's a link to a snapshot of the Levada Center's English-language page from ...

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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