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Why is everyone afraid of or hates Russia? I know its almost exactly opposite of America and the Soviet Union is frowned upon by many non-Russians. But is it really as 100% bad as everyone says? I like Russian people and always wanted to visit Russia because I think its a beautiful place and the music, food, and culture is very interesting. Peoples opinions sometimes affect how I feel about it.

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I don't know anyone that hates or fears Russia. I'm concerned with Putin's recent power grab however, it seems he wants to set himself up as the lifelong leader of Russia which is not very democratic. They do seem to have a knack for supporting every nation the west is against, but being the worlds largest arms provider has its downside I suppose.

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Very perceptive. Star
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bc they are believed to have nukes

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They have as many as the USA
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They are not believed to have nukes, they absolutely have nuclear weapons, and that has been common knowledge for decades. The Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and most of the Cold War were direct results of the Soviet Union's nuclear arsenal, the United States' arsenal, and their fear of each other's weapons.
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Of course and thats why they are in some cases feared now in days.
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Today, Russia actually has more nuclear warheads then the United States, but fewer of them are active. There are only eight states with nuclear weapons. They are, in order based on size of arsenal:

Russia
The United States
France
China
The United Kingdom
Pakistan
India
Israel

Some intelligence suggest that North Korea may have, or be close to acquiring, nuclear weapons as well.
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We don't necessarily hate Russia or Russians but there is a long history of distrust between us and their style of government is one we don't trust. Americans visit Russia all the time.

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Star. Not a Red Star tho!
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Lol
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well russia isnt know for its safety procedures and laws lol, every country has advantages and disadvantages but cultural differences can take a big role in disliking a country

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I have nothing against the Russian people and I have a friend who is married to a Russian. She is lovely, intelligent and artistic person. I don't trust their politics, but I'm not trusting a lot of our politicians at the moment either.

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That might have been true of many Americans years ago, but not anymore, I believe. People are people all over the world. It's just the politics that gets in the way sometimes, unfortunately.

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REMEMBER..No Russians
-Ghost

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Russians are stereotypically considered violent people, I don't know if its true or not though.

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Fear surrounding Russia in the U.S. stems from a long conflict with the Soviet Union, which was primarily made up of East Europe, primarily Russia.

For decades after WWII, relations between Earth's two largest powers, the Soviet Union and the U.S. existed in fear of each other. Technological competition and conflicting economic systems led to further divides between them.

Many people do not realize that the Soviet Union and the U.S. fought on the same side in WWII: both powers, as well as the U.K. and France were fighting against the Fascist state of Germany under the Third Reich. In WWII, the U.S. lost 418,000 lives. The Soviet Union had casualties above 20 million.

Like any conflict, general fear led to paranoia and a willingness to apply negative sentiments to entire groups of people. While war never broke out between the Soviet Union and the U.S., the fear of nuclear war on both sides fed hatred. Some traces of that fear still exists.

The Soviet Union was disbanded in 1991. Today Russia is not a source of constant fear, as war against Russia today is very unlikely. Hopefully these former semi-enemies will continue to thrive, fostering friendly cooperation instead of hatred.

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