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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Vladimir Putin offers ex-FBI director James Comey asylum in Russia after dismissal by Donald Trump - The Independent

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Vladimir Putin offers ex-FBI director James Comey asylum in Russia after dismissal by Donald Trump
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Russia's Neighbor Ukraine Besieged by 'Fake News' and Hacking Years Before United States
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It first came across the radar for the American public in the months leading up to the intensely divisive 2016 presidential election, and intelligence agencies have since confirmed Russia interfered using “active measures“, a term going back to the ...
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Sergey Kislyak, the ambassador at the center of the Trump-Russia scandals, is going home - Vox

Vox

Sergey Kislyak, the ambassador at the center of the Trump-Russia scandals, is going home
Vox
And now, with the investigation into Trump's Russia ties heating up, Kislyak is leaving Washington — both BuzzFeed and NBC News have confirmed that the ambassador, a nuclear physicist by training, will be returning to Moscow in the coming months.
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Trump Campaign Chief's Firm Got $17 Million From Pro-Russia Party - New York Times

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Trump Campaign Chief's Firm Got $17 Million From Pro-Russia Party
New York Times
Paul Manafort, who was forced out as President Trump's campaign chairman last summer after five months of infighting and criticism about his business dealings with pro-Russian interests, disclosed Tuesday that his consulting firm had received more than ...

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How one typo helped let Russian hackers in - CNN

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How one typo helped let Russian hackers in
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Trump tweeted about the Russia investigation and the travel ban as the White House sent an ominous warning to Syria - Business Insider

Business Insider

Trump tweeted about the Russia investigation and the travel ban as the White House sent an ominous warning to Syria
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CNN Producer Criticizes Network's Russia Coverage in Undercover Video - Hollywood Reporter

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CNN Producer Criticizes Network's Russia Coverage in Undercover Video
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The video, which arrives after three journalists resigned over a retracted Russia story, is from conservative provocateur James O'Keefe. CNN has had a difficult few days. On Monday, three staffers resigned following the removal late last week of a ...
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A Ukrainian officer killed in a car bomb was reportedly investigating Russia for international court case - Business Insider

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A Ukrainian officer killed in a car bomb was reportedly investigating Russia for international court case
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The Ukrainian military officer who was killed in a car bomb Tuesday was investigating Russia's involvement in the war in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian news outlet Lb.ua reported on Tuesday. Col. Maxim Shapoval was driving a Mercedes Benz in Kiev when a ...

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'They sow chaos wherever they can': A familiar actor may be behind the massive cyberattack that swept Europe - Business Insider

Business Insider

'They sow chaos wherever they can': A familiar actor may be behind the massive cyberattack that swept Europe
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The attack, dubbed "Petya," is a ransomware worm that has so far targeted, among others, Ukrainian banks and airports; Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft; British advertising company WPP, US pharmaceutical giant Merck; and shipping company A.P. ...

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Why Stephen Colbert Really Went to Russia - Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Why Stephen Colbert Really Went to Russia
Vanity Fair
On Monday night, Stephen Colbert made his on-air return after few days absent from the airwaves. As you might have heard, the Late Show host was in Russia, taping material for his show and popping over to Russian late-night series Evening Urgant, where ...
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