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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The Russia Scandal Has Reached the Trump Family - Foreign Policy (blog)

Foreign Policy (blog)

The Russia Scandal Has Reached the Trump Family
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What the Russian Protests Mean for Putin - The New Yorker

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What the Russian Protests Mean for Putin
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They had come out for a march led by Alexey Navalny, Russia's savviest and most popular opposition politician, who had declared a nationwide day of anti-corruption action. The protest was one of mere presence, rather than any specific activity: a few ...
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Trump son-in-law met executives of sanctioned Russian bank; will testify - CNBC

CNBC

Trump son-in-law met executives of sanctioned Russian bank; will testify
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Russia is the house that Vladimir Putin built – and he'll never abandon it - The Guardian

The Guardian

Russia is the house that Vladimir Putin built – and he'll never abandon it
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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson postpones planned visit to Russia - The Independent

The Independent

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson postpones planned visit to Russia
The Independent
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We have unfortunately had to postpone the Foreign Secretary's visit to Russia planned this month due to rescheduling of the Nato foreign ministers meeting," said the spokesman. “The Foreign Secretary has spoken to ...

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Iran's Rouhani seeks deals with new friend Russia - Reuters

Reuters

Iran's Rouhani seeks deals with new friend Russia
Reuters
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Russia role in US poll close to an act of war: Former US vice-president Cheney - Times of India

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This Is Russia's Warship Built Specifically For Arctic Fighting
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Much has been made about America's so-called "icebreaker gap"—Russia has roughly 40 with many more in production while the US has one that is operational—and we have talked extensively about how the frigid arctic is likely to be a contested territory ...



Roger Stone calls Trump-Russia inquiry 'a scandal in search of evidence' - The Guardian

The Guardian

Roger Stone calls Trump-Russia inquiry 'a scandal in search of evidence'
The Guardian
Donald Trump's informal confidant Roger Stone, named by members of Congress as a subject of the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, volunteered on Sunday to testify in an open hearing to defend himself from ...
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