I know what it means, but what is the grammatical function of this "as" in the following sentence:

The Russian law has roiled the classical world as few other political issues have in recent years.


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In traditional grammar the role as plays here is called a subordinating conjunction. In more recent grammars it is called a subordinator or adverbial subordinator.

It marks the following clause as ‘subordinate’ to the main clause, acting as an adverbial which modifies the main clause. In this particular case the subordinate clause is an adverbial of degree; the Russian law has disturbed the world of classical music to a greater degree than all but a few other recent political issues.

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