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What is the origin of this photo of an unexploded bomb?

The viral image below purports to show three TV screenshots of the same photo of a bomb, with the source of the being attributed to three different sources: First image: Ukrainian Channel 5. The text ...
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Is this photo of a jet firing at MH17 a fake?

An image showing a jet firing at MH17 in the Ukraine has surfaced recently and was broadcast by the official Russian state news channel, Channel One Russia. Could this image be real? There's an ...
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Did the CIA blow up a Siberian pipeline in 1982?

The Telegraph claimed in 2004 that the CIA blew up a Russian gas pipeline in Siberia, by tricking the operator into installing booby-trapped software. Thomas Reed, a former US Air Force secretary ...
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Did a Russian Orthodox priest sprinkle holy water on Russia's Central Bank's servers?

Tweet by @bankableInsight (3,639 retweets, 1,662 favorites), reported by the NZ Herald: This is a Russian priest sprinkling holy water on the central bank's servers in an attempt to stop the fall ...
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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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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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Did Hillary Clinton pay Russian officials 30 million dollars, through her campaign to get dirt on Trump?

In tonight's episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, Ann Coulter said: I mean, Hillary Clinton paid, through her campaign, 30 million dollars to Russian officials to get dirt on Trump The full ...
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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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Did medieval Russia reject Islam because of its prohibition against alcohol?

For a long time, I have been aware of a historical anecdote about the attempt to convert Russia to Islam. I don’t know where I first heard the anecdote: I’m pretty sure it was oral, so I had to dig a ...
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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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Is it dangerous to mix boiled and unboiled water?

There is a popular belief in Russia that mixing boiled and unboiled water (say, adding cold unboiled water to a cup of tea to cool it) can be dangerous for one's health, even if it is safe to drink ...
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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 NATO promise not to expand into Eastern and Central Europe?

In its own fact sheet NATO denies Russia's claims that NATO promised not to expand: Russian officials claim that US and German officials promised in 1990 that NATO would not expand into Eastern and ...
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Was Russian Su-24 fighter able to disable electronics aboard USS Donald Cook and thus lead to personnel aboard the ship to resign?

According to some news sources, an incident occurred on April 11th, 2014, between a Russian SU-24 fighter jet (some articles refer to it as a "tactical bomber") and USS Donald Cook (a guided missile ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Was the 2010 Polish presidential Tu-154 plane crash set up?

In 2010, a plane crash killed many top Polish officials. It occurred over Russian soil, and involved an aircraft carrying many politicians and military officials with a strong opposition towards the ...
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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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Is Russia currently deploying troops to Syria?

A recent (31 August, 2015) article from Zero Hedge claims that Russia is currently deploying troops to Syria. as Ynet reports, not only has Putin not turned his back on Assad, or Syria, but the ...
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In the USSR's legal system, was everything illegal unless specifically allowed?

Alan Dershowitz was recently interviewed by Michael Tracey on the latter's podcast. At 09:20 into the interview, Dershowitz makes the following claim regarding the USSR legal system: ... unlike in ...
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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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Was Aeroflot SU2074 intended target in MH17 shooting?

In recently published video and press release SBU (Security Service of Ukraine) claims that intended target for the SA-11 operated by Russian separatists was Russian Aeroflot flight SU2074 (aka AFL-...
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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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Is this graph of life expectancy pre and post Chernobyl accurate?

Is the following graph of male life expectancy of ex-Soviet states spanning Chernobyl accurate? The source of the graph is a blog post (チェルノブイリ事故後の平均寿命), which according to google translate means "...
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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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Does or did Russia support the Donbass People's Militia? [closed]

Many (western) sources claim that Putin (actively) supports the rebels in eastern Ukraine, more specifically the Donbass People's Militia. For example, BBC News writes: Russia was obviously ...
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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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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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Was MH17's flight path rerouted?

I was reading this article which is an open letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron from former Russian President, Sergey Stepashin, and Russian Politician President, Sergey Glazyev regarding the ...
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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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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 video about MH17 done the day before it crashed?

Was the video implicating rebels in the shooting down of MH17 created the day before the crash? Example claim donwload SBU video of recording of rebels talking of downing #MH17 and check the ...
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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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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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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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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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Did Governor of Moscow train bears to serve Vodka?

The Governor of Moscow trained a large bear to serve pepper Vodka to' his guests. If anyone showed reluctance in accepting the drink, the bear would remove the guest's clothes, an article at a time." ...
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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 the “Russian Sleep Experiment” happen?

While talking about scary things and war, my girlfriend acted surprised when she found that I don't know what "Nikolayev gas" is. When I opened up wikipedia and didn't find anything she told me that ...
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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 NATO instruct anti-government neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine on conducting diversions and waging guerilla?

There are multiple claims in Russian press that in 2006 NATO in Estonia has instructed neo-Nazi anti-government paramilitary hate groups from Ukraine on how to conduct diversions and wage guerilla war....
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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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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-...
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Did a NY Supreme Court judge give positive reviews about USSR prisons?

After writing (or perhaps, "collecting" or "curating") his work, "The Gulag Archipelago", Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn received a Nobel Prize: the book revealed a 20th century horror that claimed many ...