In the constitution of the Russian Federation, Chapter 1, Article 1, it says:

The Russian Federation - Russia is a democratic federal law-bound State with a republican form of government.

The names "Russian Federation" and "Russia" shall be equal.

Question: Is the following interpretation possible?

Every state preceding the Russian Federation (e.g. USSR) are not Russia, and only the Russian Federation is to be called Russia?

NOTICE: I am not asking whether the Russian Empire, the RSFSR, the USSR, are or are not Russia. I am simply asking whether the quotation from the Constitution can be interpretet in the way described above.

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    I have no source, so not an answer, but I believe the point is that the entity that was called "Russia" (including the Russian Empire and the "Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic" that was a subdivision of the USSR) are now the "Russian Federation", but "Russia" is an officially accepted name. – sharur Dec 5 at 17:26
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    That clause has no direct or implied references to any preceding states. Why would one include them in an interpretation? They are history. – Greendrake Dec 5 at 21:58
  • (USSR or Russian Emprire) are not Russia? Neither the USSR nor the Russian Empire are, they were. So you could argue (under the theory of successor states) that the Russian Federation was the USSR or the Russian Empire, but certainly it is not now. – SJuan76 Dec 6 at 1:10
  • You can also compare to the Republic Française (or France in short), Reino de España(Kingdom of Spain) vs España(Spain), Bundesrepublik Deutschland vs Deutschland (Germany). Having a "short name" (usually with a historical basis) different from the official one is far from exceptional. – SJuan76 Dec 6 at 1:16

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