1. Are there many Russians living in the former republic of the Soviet Union? What is their position in society in such countries as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Ukraine? What problems do these people face?
  2. Can you describe the gas conflict with Ukraine? What was the problem? What was the position in Europe?
  3. Do Russians like living in the Russian Federation more than in the Soviet Union? Are they more happy about their lives now than they used to be?
  4. Do you agree that Russia has integrated into European society or do you think that Russia is still living its own way?
  5. How are Russians treated abroad? Give examples of different attitudes in different countries. Have you ever been treated badly or in a particularly good way by someone who learned that you were Russian?
  6. Is it easy for Russians to get a visa to European countries and the USA? What should you do in order to obtain the visa? Do you believe that the visa situation will ever change?
  7. Is it important for Russia to be on good terms with the rest of the world? Or do you think Russia can manage without any support of other countries?
  8. Is it possible that Russia will become a superpower again? Under what conditions do you think this can happen?
  9. Try to describe the relationship of Russia with former republics of the Soviet Union. What countries are (are not) our friends now?
  10. What do they mean when they speak about the intervention of western mass culture to Russia? What do you think about it? Do you like it or not?
  11. What do you know about Russian immigrants to the west? Has their life become better? Which places in the world are especially popular with Russian immigrants?
  12. What is the attitude of Russians to immigrants? From which countries do the immigrants come to Russia? What do they do here? Do you think we need immigrants or do you think that the government should introduce more strict immigration laws?
  13. What is the position of Russia in the modern world? What role does Russia play in the world economy and policy?
  14. What is the relationship between Russia and the USA?
  15. What states of the world are the closest friends of Russia today? Who are the enemies?
  16. Would you like to spend the rest of your life in Russia? If not, what country would you like to live in?

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