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Russia, officially known as the Russian Federation, is a country in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland (both with Kaliningrad Oblast), Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk, the US state of Alaska across the Bering Strait and Canada's Arctic islands. At 17,075,400 square kilometres (6,592,800 sq mi), Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area. Russia is also the world's ninth most populous nation with 143 million people as of 2012. Extending across the entirety of northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia spans nine time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms.

The nation's history began with that of the East Slavs, who emerged as a recognizable group in Europe between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD. Founded and ruled by a Varangian warrior elite and their descendants, the medieval state of Rus arose in the 9th century. In 988 it adopted Orthodox Christianity from the Byzantine Empire, beginning the synthesis of Byzantine and Slavic cultures that defined Russian culture for the next millennium. Rus' ultimately disintegrated into a number of smaller states; most of the Rus' lands were overrun by the Mongol invasion and became tributaries of the nomadic Golden Horde. The Grand Duchy of Moscow gradually reunified the surrounding Russian principalities, achieved independence from the Golden Horde, and came to dominate the cultural and political legacy of Kievan Rus'. By the 18th century, the nation had greatly expanded through conquest, annexation, and exploration to become the Russian Empire, which was the third largest empire in history, stretching from Poland in Europe to Alaska in North America.

Following the Russian Revolution, the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic became the largest and leading constituent of the Soviet Union, the world's first constitutionally socialist state and a recognized superpower, which played a decisive role in the Allied victory in World War II. The Soviet era saw some of the most significant technological achievements of the 20th century, including the world's first human-made satellite, and the first man in space. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Russian SFSR reconstituted itself as the Russian Federation and is recognized as the continuing legal personality of the Union state.

The Russian economy ranks as the ninth largest by nominal GDP and sixth largest by purchasing power parity in 2014. Russia's extensive mineral and energy resources, the largest reserves in the world, have made it one of the largest producers of oil and natural gas globally. The country is one of the five recognized nuclear weapons states and possesses the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction. Russia is a great power and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, a member of the G20, the Council of Europe, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Eurasian Economic Community, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the leading member of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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Only 37 percent of all young Russians want to restore the monarchy in their country. This emerged from a major survey conducted by Izvestia. More than 1,800 people were asked a series of questions about their attitudes and feelings towards a reintroduction of the monarchy as a form of government in Russia. The study was conducted from 16-18 March of this year.

Another 22 percent of all Russians, not just the young below 34 years of age, said that they were not against the monarchy, but they did not see a candidate for such a post. People aged from 18 to 34 years are much more tolerant to a monarchy. Just below 37 percent of the residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg also wanted a monarchy while 33 percent of active Internet users also wanted a monarchy restoration. Of people who support non-parliamentary political parties, 34 percent wanted to have a Tsar as head of state.

Of those asked, there is still considerable doubt about who would become the new Tsar of Russia if the monarchy should be reinstated. Half of those who wanted to restore the monarchy could not answer why they would need a monarchy. Another ten percent said that “there should be one person in power.” Eight percent said that “this is a traditional system for Russia,” whereas another eight percent of respondents stated that there would be more order in Russia with this form of government.

People of the Soviet generation are those who are most opposed to the idea of monarchy, whereas people of a younger generation are not repelled by the monarchy. The reason for this is that many of the young Russians feel that the monarchy is reminiscent of freedom and democracy. They point, in particular, at the prosperity and liberty that Western Europe’s monarchies represent.

The House of Romanov ruled from 1613 until the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II on 15 March 1917, as a result of the February Revolution that brought about the end of the monarchy in Russia.

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Nikita zimov’s nickname for the vehicle seemed odd at first. It didn’t look like a baby mammoth. It looked like a small tank, with armored wheels and a pit bull’s center of gravity. Only after he smashed us into the first tree did the connection become clear.

We were driving through a remote forest in Eastern Siberia, just north of the Arctic Circle, when it happened. The summer thaw was in full swing. The undergrowth glowed green, and the air hung heavy with mosquitoes. We had just splashed through a series of deep ponds when, without a word of warning, Nikita veered off the trail and into the trees, ramming us into the trunk of a young 20-foot larch. The wheels spun for a moment, and then surged us forward. A dry crack rang out from under the fender as the larch snapped cleanly at its base and toppled over, falling in the quiet, dignified way that trees do.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/04/pleistocene-park/517779/

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France on Wednesday issued a stern warning to Russia against meddling in its upcoming presidential elections, after US intelligence accused Moscow of interfering in America's vote to boost Donald Trump.

"We will not accept any interference whatsoever in our electoral process, whether by Russia or any other state," said Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.

"After what happened in the United States, it is our responsibility to take all steps necessary to ensure that the integrity of our democratic process is fully respected," he told parliament.

The warning came as aides to one of the leading French candidates this week accused Russia of trying to derail his bid.

A spokesman for the staunchly pro-Europe Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday accused Moscow of being behind a flurry of cyberattacks on Macron's campaign website and email servers over the past month.

"Half of the attacks, and there are hundreds a day, come from Ukraine, which is known for its links to hackers and people responsible for cyberattacks in Russia," said Benjamin Griveaux, accusing the Kremlin of trying to boost conservative nominee Francois Fillon and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, both of whom urge closer ties to Russia.

Macron's aides have also accused the state-owned Russia Today (RT) channel and the Sputnik news agency of waging a smear campaign against the 39-year-old former economy minister.

They have pointed to a Sputnik interview with a pro-Fillon lawmaker titled "Ex-French Economy Minister Macron Could Be 'US Agent'" as an example of Russia's alleged bias. The article also quoted the lawmaker as saying Macron was backed by a "wealthy gay lobby".

Macron, who is married, last week denied rumours of having had a gay affair.

Speaking at the National Assembly, Ayrault also took aim at Fillon and Le Pen, saying it would be better if "certain candidates who see themselves favoured by, in particular, a country we know well -- Russia -- protest against this type of influence".

Macron remains the front-runner in the presidential race, with 39 percent of those surveyed by Ipsos giving him a favourable opinion.

In the poll released by the magazine Le Point on Wednesday, Macron was followed by Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon, with 38 percent, while Fillon tumbled 18 percentage points to 25 percent, just behind Le Pen, at 26 percent.

Fillon's campaign has stumbled as it tries to fend off claims he used public funds while a senator to hire his wife and children for fake jobs.

on February 17, 2017
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One of Russia’s most popular newspapers has told women to be “proud of their bruises”, as the country partially decriminalises domestic abuse. 

The article, published by Komsomolskaya Pravda, came ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin signing into law a new measure that will see offenders face fewer penalties.

Yaroslav Korobatov, a columnist for the paper, said: “For years, women who have been smacked around by their husbands have found solace in the rather hypocritical proverb, ‘If he beats you, it means he loves you!’ 

on February 12, 2017
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NBC news is reporting that Russia has considered extraditing Edward Snowden to the United States in order to curry favor with the new administration. The former National Security contractor fled to Russia after he leaked classified material in 2013 that exposed details of U.S. domestic surveillance programs. Moscow granted Snowden refugee status, and recently extended his residency permit until 2020.

The Justice Department says it would welcome the return of Snowden, who currently faces at least 30 years in prison on espionage charges. President Trump has been quite clear how he feels about Snowden. "I think he's a total traitor and I would deal with him harshly," Trump said last year. "And if I were president, Putin would give him over." In October 2013, Trump tweeted: "Snowden is a spy who should be executed."

It may be the case that internal Russian discussions are being leaked by U.S. career intelligence staff in an effort to embarrass the Trump Administration by highlighting its more friendly ties to the Kremlin. Just this week it leaked out that National security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States shortly before President Trump took office. The sources of the leak reportedly included current and former U.S. officials said. Also several of the President's phone conversations with world leaders have been leaked.

Some believe it to be an ongoing effort to embarrass or even delegitimize the new administration by career employees and holdovers from the Obama Administration. Whether such efforts are tied to this Snowden leak is debatable, but Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said talk of returning Snowden is "nonsense."

on February 12, 2017
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More than 15 years into America’s war in Afghanistan, the Russian government is openly advocating on behalf of the Taliban.
Last week, Moscow hosted Chinese and Pakistani emissaries to discuss the war. Tellingly, no Afghan officials were invited. However, the trio of nations urged the world to be “flexible” in dealing with the Taliban, which remains the Afghan government’s most dangerous foe. Russia even argued that the Taliban is a necessary bulwark in the war against the so-called Islamic State.
For its part, the American military sees Moscow’s embrace of the Taliban as yet another move intended to undermine NATO, which fights the Taliban, al Qaeda, and the Islamic State every day.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/03/russia-s-new-favorite-jihadis-the-taliban.html

on February 4, 2017
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While most former Soviet Republics destroy Soviet-era monuments, someone in Voronezh came up with an even better idea. They turned the star of one tower building into Patrick from SpongeBob SquarePants!

Unfortunately, Voronezh police were not so happy about that. It is estimated that the restoration works may cost the city up to $ 1,500. Whoever did that could face up to 15 days in detention (if they find them).

on November 16, 2016

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Patches of grassland on the Siberian tundra have turned into what looks like a waterbed, bobbing up and down when trodden on by scientists. Footage of the phenomenon, which is not believed to have ever been recorded before, was taken by a team of scientists on a research expedition to the remote Bely Island.

Alexander Sokolov and Dorothee Ehrich said they found 15 patches of ground that appeared to bubble or tremble and when they punctured them, methane and carbon dioxide was released, the Siberian Times reports. While further research will be necessarily, the team believes an unusually hot summer has caused permafrost to thaw, releasing methane gas locked up in the ground.

on January 19, 2017
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Incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said Sunday that President-elect Donald Trump accepts that Russia played a role in hacking the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta.

Trump "is not denying that entities in Russia were behind this particular hacking campaign," Priebus said on "Fox News Sunday."

on January 10, 2017
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There's no question that Russia wanted Donald Trump to win the 2016 Presidential campaign. Trump's own tweets stated he wanted the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton's email. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) email was hacked. But the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation's Joint Analysis Report (JAR) on Russian cyber attacks doesn't prove the Russians were behind the DNC hacks.

Indeed, even though President Barack Obama has expelled Russian diplomats over the cyber-attack, the JAR doesn't finger the Russian government. Instead, it merely claimed there are technical indicators that Russian intelligence Services (RIS) are attacking the US government and political and private sector entities. This continued assault is called Grizzly Steppe.

The primary method used in Grizzly Steppe is spear phishing. In spear phishing, a very common hacking approach, you receive messages, which look like they're coming from a friend or co-worker. In Grizzly Steppe, if you click on the message's content or follow a link, you infect your device with Remote Access Tools (RATs) malware. From that, emails and other data are syphoned to the attacker.

The JAR included "specific indicators of compromise, including IP addresses and a PHP malware sample." But what does this really prove? Wordfence, a WordPress security company specializing in analyzing PHP malware, examined these indicators and didn't find any hard evidence of Russian involvement.

on January 9, 2017
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