has russia ever been beaten in combat? other than the cold war have they lost any wars?
Yes.They lost in Afghanistan in the 1980's.
Russia was beat in 1917 by the red army lead by Lenin
They were beat by the Japanese sometime around 1900 or 1910
Russia was not able to beat neighboring Georgia just a few years ago.In WWI, Russia was also beaten (they also turned communist that time).Russia's most famous loss was in the Crimean War (1850's).