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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Iran, Russia and Turkey Agree to Enforce Syria Cease-Fire, but Don't Explain How - New York Times

New York Times

Iran, Russia and Turkey Agree to Enforce Syria Cease-Fire, but Don't Explain How
New York Times
ASTANA, Kazakhstan Two days of talks over the Syrian civil war concluded on Tuesday with an agreement by Iran, Russia and Turkey to enforce a fragile partial cease-fire. But neither the Syrian government nor the rebel fighters who briefly met ...
The message from Syria summit: Russia wants a solution in its nameThe Guardian
Russia, Turkey, Iran agree to tighten Syrian cease-fireUSA TODAY
Talks expose limits of what Russia, Turkey and Iran can achieve in SyriaReuters
Christian Science Monitor -Telegraph.co.uk -The Hindu
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FBI Finds Nothing Amiss in Flynn-Russia Eavesdrop: Official - NBCNews.com

NBCNews.com

FBI Finds Nothing Amiss in Flynn-Russia Eavesdrop: Official
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The FBI eavesdropped on telephone calls between President Donald Trump's national security adviser and the Russian ambassador but found nothing improper, a U.S. intelligence official said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they ...
FBI clears Michael Flynn in probe linking him to RussiaNew York Post
No evidence of wrongdoing found so far in Flynn's contact with RussiaCBS News
FBI reviewed Flynn's calls with Russian ambassador but found nothing illicitWashington Post
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The gutless American reaction to Russia and Putinism must stop - The Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Morning Herald

The gutless American reaction to Russia and Putinism must stop
The Sydney Morning Herald
More specifically, when will a leader look Russian President Vladimir Putin into those eyes George W. Bush once trusted, and say, "No, you aren't getting away with unnecessary provocation over a lie that the United States stripped Russia of its ...

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Russia using 'fake news to influence key elections' in France, Germany and the Netherlands - Mirror.co.uk

Mirror.co.uk

Russia using 'fake news to influence key elections' in France, Germany and the Netherlands
Mirror.co.uk
Russia is using fake news to try and influence several key elections in Europe this year, according to a special EU task force. The EU is reportedly allocating more funds to East StratCom to counter the disinformation, amid fears Russia will target ...

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How Russia sold its oil jewel: without saying who bought it - Reuters

Reuters

How Russia sold its oil jewel: without saying who bought it
Reuters
MOSCOW/LONDON/MILAN More than a month after Russia announced one of its biggest privatizations since the 1990s, selling a 19.5 percent stake in its giant oil company Rosneft, it still isn't possible to determine from public records the full identities ...

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A dispute over St. Petersburg's grand Orthodox cathedral stirs up Russia's anti-Semitic conspiracies - Washington Post

Washington Post

A dispute over St. Petersburg's grand Orthodox cathedral stirs up Russia's anti-Semitic conspiracies
Washington Post
St. Isaac's Cathedral is one of the most impressive buildings in St. Petersburg, Russia's grand second city that was the country's Europe-facing capital for more than 200 years. Completed in 1858, it's not only the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in ...

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Trump Team Aims to Test Russia's Alliance With Iran - Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Trump Team Aims to Test Russia's Alliance With Iran
Bloomberg
The two countries have grown closer since 2015, when a group of nations lifted some sanctions on Iran in exchange for more transparency about its nuclear program. Russia sells Iran advanced air defense systems, and Iran provides its officers and ...
Russia's new influence may limit Trump's scope in Middle EastWashington Post

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2018 Paralympics: Russia could miss Games, says IPC president Sir ... - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

2018 Paralympics: Russia could miss Games, says IPC president Sir ...
BBC Sport
Russian athletes could be banned from next year's Winter Paralympics, says the president of the International Paralympic Committee.

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Key Claims in Trump Dossier Said to Come From Head of Russian-American Business Group - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Key Claims in Trump Dossier Said to Come From Head of Russian-American Business Group
Wall Street Journal
Some of the most explosive parts of a dossier containing unverified allegations that President Donald Trump had secret ties to Russian leaders originated from the Belarus-born head of a Russian-American business group, according to a person familiar ...



China set to place nuclear weapons on border with Russia - Daily Mail

Daily Mail

China set to place nuclear weapons on border with Russia
Daily Mail
China has reportedly placed ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear warheads and are capable of reaching the United States on its border with Russia. The missiles, which can carry up to ten nuclear warheads up to 8,700 miles, are reportedly being ...
China reportedly deploys ICBMs near Russia's borderRT
China set to 'place nukes on its border with Russia' - as chilling satellite images 'show secret anti-aircraft guns ...The Sun

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