Russia

Country Russia
Capital Moscow
Continent Asia
Currency Russian ruble(RUB)
Languages Russian

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Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new Romanov Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the Pacific. Under PETER I (ruled 1682-1725), hegemony was extended to the Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire. During the 19th century, more territorial acquisitions were made in Europe and Asia. Defeat in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 contributed to the Revolution of 1905, which resulted in the formation of a parliament and other reforms. Repeated devastating defeats of the Russian army in World War I led to widespread rioting in the major cities of the Russian Empire and to the overthrow in 1917 of the imperial household. The Communists under Vladimir LENIN seized power soon after and formed the USSR. The brutal rule of Iosif STALIN (1928-53) strengthened Communist rule and Russian dominance of the Soviet Union at a cost of tens of millions of lives. The Soviet economy and society stagnated in the following decades until General Secretary Mikhail GORBACHEV (1985-91) introduced glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) in an attempt to modernize Communism, but his initiatives inadvertently released forces that by December 1991 splintered the USSR into Russia and 14 other independent republics. Since then, Russia has shifted its post-Soviet democratic ambitions in favor of a centralized semi-authoritarian state whose legitimacy is buttressed, in part, by carefully managed national elections, former President PUTIN's genuine popularity, and the prudent management of Russia's windfall energy wealth. Russia has severely disabled a Chechen rebel movement, although violence still occurs throughout the North Caucasus.

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Trump's Russia scandal reaches a political tipping point - Washington Post (blog)

Washington Post (blog)

Trump's Russia scandal reaches a political tipping point
Washington Post (blog)
Until this week, the Russia connections of President Trump, his advisers and his campaign were “only” a media story, a trigger for international intelligence investigations (foreign intelligence services, like ours, are running down leads, no doubt ...
A Russian newspaper editor explains how Putin made Trump his puppetVox
The possible ties between Trump and Russia, explainedPolitiFact
Contradicting Trump on Russia: Russian OfficialsNew York Times
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FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories - CNN

CNN

FBI refused White House request to knock down recent Trump-Russia stories
CNN
Washington (CNN) The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US ...
FBI rejected WH request to deny contacts between Trump advisers and Russia: reportThe Hill (blog)
Top Democratic senator on investigating Trump's ties to Russia: 'This is a long way from over'Business Insider
White House violated restrictions when it asked FBI to kill Trump-Russia stories: CNNRaw Story
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The Increasingly Unhinged Russia Rhetoric Comes From a Long-Standing US Playbook - The Intercept

The Intercept

The Increasingly Unhinged Russia Rhetoric Comes From a Long-Standing US Playbook
The Intercept
Frustrated by big media's oppressive corporatized environment and its pro-government propaganda model, and then ultimately blacklisted from mainstream media outlets for his objections to anti-Russia narratives, Stone created his own bi-monthly ...



Russia has won the Syrian civil war, says Russia - MarketWatch

MarketWatch

Russia has won the Syrian civil war, says Russia
MarketWatch
'[The Russian military] solved the geopolitical tasks, caused substantial damage to the international terrorist organizations in Syria, disrupted their financial support and the system of their recourses [sic] supply.' Sergei Shoigu, Russian Defense ...
Russian military admits significant cyber-war effortBBC News
Russia builds replica Reichstag so children can recreate 1945 victoryThe Guardian
Russia to build replica of Germany's 1945 parliament building so military youth can practise attacking itNational Post
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Trump's Russia Ties Feature Prominently In New Attack Ad - Huffington Post

Huffington Post

Trump's Russia Ties Feature Prominently In New Attack Ad
Huffington Post
The digital ad, paid for by Democratic political opposition group American Bridge, accuses the senators of “turning a blind eye” to reports that members of the Trump administration have been in contact with Russian officials. The revelation led to ...

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4 Warning Signs Of Instability In Russia - Forbes

Forbes

4 Warning Signs Of Instability In Russia
Forbes
Geopolitical Futures forecasted that 2017 will be “an inflection point in the long-term destabilization of Russia.” After just six weeks, there are clear signs that this forecast is right on track. You can read more about GPF's outlook for Russia in ...



Trump facing GOP pressure to counter Russia's Arctic fleet - Fox News

Fox News

Trump facing GOP pressure to counter Russia's Arctic fleet
Fox News
As Donald Trump becomes the latest U.S. president to attempt a 'reset' with Russia, a key Republican ally is pressing the White House not to lose sight of an emerging battle for influence that Moscow is currently winning – in the Arctic. Russia has ...

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US musician makes mics in Russia, spreads goodwill - The Detroit News

The Detroit News

US musician makes mics in Russia, spreads goodwill
The Detroit News
Tula, Russia — Claims of hacking by the Russian state may be feeding international tensions, but they've given Californian musician David Brown a great icebreaker when selling his line of Russian-made microphones. “We give free hacking lessons with ...

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Russia mobilises an elite band of cyber warriors - Financial Times

Financial Times

Russia mobilises an elite band of cyber warriors
Financial Times
It was an early dinner by Parisian standards, 8.40pm, on a mild spring evening at Prunier, an opulent seafood restaurant near the Arc de Triomphe. Amid the hum of conversation, the cracking of shellfish and the gentle chinking of glasses, Yves Bigot ...



Trump lawyer pushed pro-Russia deal for Ukraine, politician claims - CNN

Trump lawyer pushed pro-Russia deal for Ukraine, politician claims
CNN
The exact details of the plan are unclear, yet reports have suggested it revolves around leasing Crimea -- annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014 -- to Moscow for 50 to 100 years. In exchange, Russia would withdraw its troops from the separatist ...

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