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Use this tag for claims which apply to the country of Russia or the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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Are Russian made weapons poor in quality?

It is often said in various media and newspapers that Russia manufactures low quality defense products: Why are Russian arms technologies and military professionalism always said to be behind the US ...
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Was Christopher Steele told to stop collecting information about a Trump-Russia ties?

According to The Hill They do, however, indicate that Steele was told to stop gathering intelligence on behalf of the FBI in November 2016 — building on information already known as a result of the ...
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Was Paul Manafort exonerated for the crimes he’s now charged with?

Andrew Napolitano just said this on Fox News regarding the trial of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort: Here’s Manafort’s defense: I was investigated for all this by the government 8 years ago ...
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Is British MP and Brexit campaigner Jacob Rees-Mogg receiving support on social media from known Kremlin networks?

This article, which is being linked and shared on Facebook, claims that British MP and Brexit campaigner Jacob Rees-Mogg is receiving support on social media from known Kremlin networks. Analysis ...
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Does Russia consider it unconstitutional to extradite its citizens?

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton said this to ABC regarding why President Trump is not going to demand that Putin extradite the 25 Russians indicted by Special Counsel Mueller: It’s ...
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Do the Crimean people prefer to be with Russia than with Ukraine?

In July 2016, Donald Trump, as a US presidential candidate was quoted by ABC News as saying: The people of Crimea, from what I've heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were. ...
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Did Mueller indict a Russian company that didn't exist?

Conservative author Dinesh D'Souza just tweeted this: Is Mueller this dumb? Or does he think the press is too dumb to notice he indicted a Russian company that doesn’t even exist? This is a ...
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Did a French encyclopedia make a mistake in its Ivan the Terrible article?

There is a popular anecdote in Russia that a foreign-language encyclopedia (usually Petit Larousse) made a blatant mistake in one of its articles about the Russian Tsar Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible). ...
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Have the Russian state media spread 21 theories about the Salisbury chemical attack?

The U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has recently said in his article (highlight mine): Our allies have not been deterred by Russia’s usual tactics for avoiding pressure. Sure enough, the ...
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Did Russia destroy all their (official) chemical weapons?

This article from The Guardian features a quote from Putin claiming that Russia destroyed all their chemical weapons: “Secondly, Russia does not have such [nerve] agents. We destroyed all our ...
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Have Putin and his family stolen $300 billion or more from Russians?

During the debates held in the House of Commons on 14th March 2018 about the alleged poisoning of Russian spy Skripal in Salisbury, U.K. Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Thomas Tugendhat ...
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Did Putin threaten to have traitors assassinated?

In the recent U.N. Security Council meeting, U.K. Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Jonathan Allen quoted Putin by the following words (YouTube link, the relevant part starts at 1:07:30): ...
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Are Russian Twitter trolls exploiting the Florida school shooting?

According to Tech News World: Within an hour of the shooting at a Florida High School last week, divisive messages began pouring out of Twitter accounts believed to be controlled by Russia. ...
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Did Hillary collude with Russia? [closed]

On February 18, 2018, the President of the United States of America publicly accused Hillary Clinton of colluding with Russia to change the results of the 2016 election. the only Collusion was ...
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Was very little or no new medication developed in the USSR?

Prof. Robert (Haim) Belmaker, head of the Israeli Psychiatric Association, spoke today (2018-01-05) on the סדר יום / Daily Agenda radio program (Note this is a program in Hebrew). At some point in ...
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Did Russia have over a million universities in 2005? [closed]

According to the European University Institute's Academic Careers Observatory, in 2005 Russia had over a million degree-granting institutions: In 2005, Russia had 1,196,350 universities and higher ...
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Is Kaspersky Lab a military unit?

In this article, McClatchy DC bureau claims that one of the certificates the Kaspersky Lab received from Russian FSB/KGB reveals that the entire Kaspersky Lab joint-stock company is actually a FSB ...
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Did the US (ab)use the “deconfliction channel” with Russia to shoot the Syrian Su-22 plane? [closed]

I just read this piece of news: ... the American plane took off from a carrier (George HW Bush), flew over all of Russia's radar and missile sites in western Syria, shot down the Syrian Su-22 in ...
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Do Russians get depressed the same way Americans do?

In 2010, The Wired wrote an article called "Why Russians Don't Get Depressed", describing a paper in Psychological Science. Others, such as The Atlantic and Reuters, wrote about the study as well. ...
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Is there a Russian social media game called “Blue Whale” that incites self-violence and suicide?

According to the Daily Mail: Police in Russia are investigating a rush of teenage suicide attempts amid fears that they may have been manipulated by sinister social media groups. Two ...
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Was the investigation of the DNC Email Hack performed by anti-Russian activists?

In his The Savage Nation radio broadcast on February 16, 2017, radio talk show host Michael Savage made four claims to discredit the story that “the Russians” hacked the DNC during this past election. ...
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Is it true that Donald Trump has “no deals in Russia”?

According to Trump's Twitter: I don't know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy - yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem! Is this statement about ...
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Has one of the claims in the Steele Dossier come true?

In this widely shared post @yonatanzunger claims, among other things that: On Wednesday, Reuters reported (in great detail) how 19.5% of Rosneft, Russia’s state oil company, has been sold to ...
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Has Trump exonerated Russia for the downing of flight MH-17?

In an interview with the Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, according to the NOS (Dutch Public Broadcasting), he said the following about the relations with the USA, in light of the recent elections in ...
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Are these reports alleging the existence of blackmail material by the Russian intelligence on Donald Trump a hoax perpetuated by 4chan?

Buzzfeed published this PDF alleged to by from a former British intelligence officer containing notable allegations including: The Russian regime has been working with Trump for at least five years ...
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Did Rasputin have an affair with Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna?

Grigori Rasputin was a trusted friend of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia around 1915. There is a popular rumour that he was having an affair with Nicholas's wife, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna Wiki ...
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Did Tsar Nicholas II write “1916 was cursed, 1917 will surely be better”?

Chess legend and political activist Gary Kasparov tweeted this New Year a claimed quote from Tsar Nicholas II’s diary: “The year 1916 was cursed; 1917 will surely be better!” (For those not versed in ...
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Did 17 U.S. intelligence agencies claim that Russia was behind the DNC hack?

It has been reported repeatedly that 17 U.S intelligence agencies have come out publicly to say that the Russian government was behind the 2016 Democratic National Committee Email Leak For example, ...
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Is Russia funding environmentalist groups to protest fracking?

Leaked transcripts from a private Clinton speech suggest that Russia has given large amounts of money to environmentalist groups in Europe and the US to promote protests against fracking, according to ...
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Has Vladimir Putin been dead, and replaced by a body double, since 2014 or 2015?

Daily Star references a popular and notable set of conspiracy theories that Vladimir Putin died (presumably in 2014/2015) and who you see today is a body double. As part of the evidence they cite ...
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Did Putin give this talk about the cultural preservation of European tradition, religion and race?

From @JPY_Kurdish, https://twitter.com/JPY_Kurdish/status/812759470669529088 with thousands of RTs and likes: Putin calls for cultural self preservation of European tradition, religion & race,...
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Did Gen. Patton say “We defeated the wrong enemy?”

I've seen this quote in various far-right memes. Supposedly, Gen. George S. Patton, upon taking control of Berlin in 1945, said "We defeated the wrong enemy." The Communists, one supposes, were the ...
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Did Russia warn the people of besieged East Aleppo that “If you do not leave these areas urgently, you will be annihilated”?

Stephen O'Brien, head of the Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) claimed that leaflets are being dropped on eastern Aleppo by Syrian and Russian aircraft, warning residents: ...
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Is this a video of Russian high school children assembling an assault rifle as part of their core education?

I came across an interesting video found on Facebook. It claims to be high school children in Russia working within a high school course. The interesting thing is that the children are assembling and ...
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Is the RS-28 Sarmat missile capable of destroying an area the size of France?

The Daily Mail claims Russia has unveiled chilling pictures of its largest ever nuclear missile, capable of destroying an area the size of France. Who estimated this level of destructive power? ...
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Has Egypt sold two French-made Mistral warships to Russia?

Claim: Poland's defense minister Antoni Macierewicz says he believes Egypt has sold two French-made Mistral warships to Russia for the symbolic price of $1. Associated Press, 21/Oct/2016: Antoni ...
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Could “only Russia’s senior-most officials have authorized” the efforts to leak sensitive emails related to the 2016 U.S. presidential election? [duplicate]

There was a joint statement (released October 7, 2016) from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) about recent leaked emails. ...
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Was Gagarin the thirteenth person to be sent to space?

I read this Russian article today that claims that Yuri Gagarin (the first person to journey into outer space) was, in fact, the thirteenth attempt that was finally successful. Is that correct?
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Were the “DNC leak” emails stolen by the Russian government?

The DNC leak refers to the publication of thousands of private emails of the Democratic National Committee by WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks has not revealed their source and some outlets have claimed that "...
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Do sales of baseball bats in Russia greatly exceed the number used to play baseball?

A number of not particularly well reported stories have gone around recently citing a statement that Moscow's chief of traffic police gave to Tass in September of 2015, claiming that "500,000 baseball ...
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Did Washington Post report US diplomats claiming that Russian agents break in their home and shat on their carpets?

I've found today an translated article in Russian language, claiming to originally be from Washington Post. It goes about some guy receiving reports/notes from US diplomats he knows that Russian ...
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Did Stalin kill more than 10 million People?

There are many sources claiming that Stalin killed between 20 and 60 million people. A few articles with this claim: In February 1989, two years before the fall of the Soviet Union, a research ...
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Is Russia generations ahead in hypersonic missile development?

According to a news article on Russia Today, Russia is leading the US in hypersonic missile development by generations: The bottom line is that Russia – in terms of hypersonic missile development – ...
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Is this photo of a person with Ukrainian flags, swastikas, and a Super Mario T-shirt genuine? [closed]

From this tweet against Crimean Tatar Ukrainian Eurovision 2016 Winner Jamala (6 RTs, 8 loves, with the text "your love") and /r/WTF (score of 216, caption of "Just Your Average militiaman in Ukraine, ...
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Were videos of the Flydubai Flight 981 crash published before the official crash time?

On March 19, 2016, Flydubai Flight 981 crashed in Russia. It is reported (for example on English Wikipedia and Russian Wikipedia to have crashed at 19 Mar 03:42 am MST (i.e. UTC+3) in City of Rostov-...
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Was Julius Caesar good at multitasking?

A popular belief (at least in Russia) holds that Julius Caesar was good at multitasking; he was able to read, write and give orders simultaneously. http://www.arinanikitina.com/truth-about-...
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Is Turkey trading oil with Islamic State? [closed]

Russia claims Turkey is trading oil with Islamic State: Syria conflict: Russia accuses Erdogan of trading oil with IS (BBC News, 2 December 2015) Russia presents proof of Turkey’s role in ISIS oil ...
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Did the Russian SU-24 enter into Turkish airspace? [closed]

According to the BBC, Turkey and Russia have disputed the flight path and this map shows the disputed paths: According to the Guardian, that means the plane would have only been in Turkish territory ...
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Did a Russian Judge meet with Supreme Court Justice Souter?

Context During a Q&A Session at a Case Western Reserve University event, Judge John E Jones III gave an anecdote about Justice David H Souter giving a tour of the Supreme Court to a Russian Judge....
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Did Kashpirovsky successfully heal people through psychic healing?

Anatoly Kashpirovsky (Russian Wikipedia, English Wikipedia) was a super-famous Russian celebrity, who, in the late '80s, went on Soviet TV and claimed he psychically healed people, and provided pain-...