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Russia under President Putin

Russia under President Putin

After Yeltsin’s surprising resignation on December 31, 1999, Putin also took over the role of incumbent president; By decree, he guaranteed his predecessor and his family, who were involved in a corruption affair, lifelong protection from prosecution. Internal consolidation after the change of power As a bearer of hope for domestic and economic policy, not least because of his tough approach in the conflict with Chechnya (initially accepted by a large part of the Russian population), Putin was able to…

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Chechnya Conflict and Increased Recentralization of Power

Chechnya Conflict and Increased Recentralization of Power

In the wake of the unsolved conflict in Chechnya, the capital Moscow was repeatedly shaken by serious terrorist attacks. The armed attack by Chechen rebels on a musical theater and the hostage-taking (October 23–26, 2002) of over 800 people were violently ended by Russian special forces (according to Russian information, deaths of around 50 hostage-takers and 120 hostages, the latter of which were almost all victims of one of the Storming the theater were used). Subsequently, Russia increased its military…

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Russia Foreign and Security Policy 2000-2008

Russia Foreign and Security Policy 2000-2008

Significant was the ratification of the START II treaty by Russia (approval by the State Duma and the Federation Council in April 2000). In October 2000 Russia agreed a “strategic partnership” with India, including an expansion of military-technical cooperation (armaments contracts). In March 2001, a new cooperation agreement was also concluded with Iran (particularly for the armaments sector). The People’s Republic of China and Russia signed a treaty on good neighborly relations, friendship and cooperation in July 2001 for a…

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