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Capital city
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Location Asia
Type nation state
Subgroups • FSO
• FSB
• FAPSI
• GRU
• SVR
• KGB
Interest of Leon Aron, Stephen Cohen, Keir Giles, Robert van der Noordaa, Richard Sakwa, Leonard Schapiro, Rod Thornton, United States European Command, Helene Carrere d'Encausse
Owner of Russia Today
Member of Global Counter Terrorism Forum, UN/SC
SubpageRussia/Propaganda
The largest nation state in the world

Russia is the largest nation state in the world. In 2013, Russia was #3 in the world in terms of military expenditure.[1]

History

Formerly the USSR, the country experienced turmoil after the end of the Cold War.

Arms Production

Russia was the #2 nation worldwide as regards arms export from 2012-2016, after fellow UN/Security Council member, US.[2]

Fossil fuel reserves

As well as the 8th largest oil reserves,[3] Russia has the largest gas reserves of any nation state, about 25% of total global reserves.[4] It also has a lot of tar sands.

Leadership

Vladimir Putin has been an important figure in Russian politics of the last 2 decades. He became FSB Director on 25 July 1998, Russian Prime Minister on 9 August 1999 and Russian President on 7 May 2000.

Russophobia

Full article: Russophobia
One of the apartment blocks destroyed by explosives in September 1999, a deep event which the Russian leadership exploited a casus belli for the invasion of Chechnya.

Irrational fear of Russia is termed "Russophobia". Western commercially-controlled media and governments have been building up this enemy image after the success of Donald Trump in the 2016 United States presidential election.

"Russian Propaganda"

Full article: “Russian Propaganda”

This website was accused by the spooky ProporNot website as being a supplier of "Russian propaganda" - notwithstanding its pages on events such as the 9/99 bombings. The general pattern of NATO-friendly groups attempting to reboot Cold War was clear to many observers since about 2016[citation needed], but the first clear documentary evidence of a deliberate campaign funded by UK Deep state-backed groups emerged only in late 2018 after the Integrity Initiative leak of 2018.

US Election Interference

After Donald Trump was elected, unnamed Russians were accused of interference in the 2016 US presidential election, through social media such as Twitter).


 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Integrity Initiative/Purposes“It is vital to understand the reasons behind Putin’s warped reasoning – the fact that he is prepared to lie and to kill to protect his wealth and power – if we are to comprehend why the Kremlin has launched this information attack on the West. Only then can we begin to combat it. In Soviet times there was an ideological element, the battle of Capitalism versus Communism. That no longer plays a part. But Putin wants the West at least to respect Russia; better still to fear Russia. That is Putin’s mindset. If in Soviet times the leadership of the USSR relied on Western sympathisers with the Communist cause to help them in their mission, nowadays the Kremlin can call upon support in the West from three groups of people: naïve Russophiles who, despite all the evidence to the contrary, believe that Putin “can’t be all that bad, and anyway the Americans are just as bad”; those who are prepared to toe the Russian line in return for money; or those who are being blackmailed.”Integrity InitiativeMay 2018
Bernard Montgomery“The next war on land will be very different from the last one, in that we shall have to fight it in a different way. In reaching a decision on that matter, we must first be clear about certain rules of war. Rule 1, on page I of the book of war, is: "Do not march on Moscow". Various people have tried it, Napoleon and Hitler, and it is no good. That is the first rule. I do not know whether your Lordships will know Rule 2 of war. It is: "Do not go fighting with your land armies in China". It is a vast country, with no clearly defined objectives, and an army fighting there would be engulfed by what is known as the Ming Bing, the people's insurgents.”Bernard Montgomery30 May 1962
Richard SakwaNATO exists to manage the risks created by its existence.”Richard Sakwa2015
 

Events

EventDateDescription
1993 Russian constitutional crisis
2013 Volgograd bombings
2014 Winter Olympics
9-99/Ryazan incident22 September 1999 - 23 September 1999Moscow FSB officers discovered wiring up what looked like a bomb in the basement of a building by night. Local FSB unaware. Claimed to be a terror drill but no documentation was presented. Instead documents were sealed and discussion of it prohibited in the Duma.
Russian apartment bombings4 September 1999 - 16 September 1999A 'Russian 9/11' which boosted support for the second war that was launched in Chechnya
 

Groups Headquartered Here

A Group Headquartered HereDateDescription
Central Bank of Russia
Concord Management and Consulting
FSB12 April 1995 - PresentRussian intelligence agency, successor to the KGB
Frunze Military Academy1918 - Present
KGB13 March 1954 - 6 November 1991
Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Russia Today10 December 2005 - PresentA global TV channel backed by the Russian government
 

Citizens of Russia on Wikispooks

TitleBornDiedDescription
Vladimir Bukovsky30 December 1942Russian dissident who spoke at the 1979 JCIT.
Alexander Litvinenko30 August 196223 November 2006An exiled Russian spook turned whistleblower who died of Polonium poisoning in London.
Moshe Sharett16 October 18947 July 1965
 

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