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As Moscow continues to wage its war of conquest in Ukraine, opposition leaders inside Russia are renewing calls to dismantle the Russian Federation, adding more pressure on Vladimir Putin as his military offensive falters. With the G-7 conference beginning on Friday, Russia’s post-war future is sure to be a topic of discussion among world leaders.
During the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, more than a dozen former satellite nations broke away from Russian control in a largely peaceful manner to become fully sovereign and independent countries. Some of these, like Poland, have become flourishing democracies and allies of the United States.
In other cases, however, semi-autonomous regions remained part of the new Russian Federation and have been under the direct or indirect control of Moscow ever since. These republics were allowed to form their own constitutions, and some even adopted their …
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