The Kremlin tries without success to dominate the Eastern Orthodox Church.
This is why.
In the immediate wake of the conflict, both the USSR and China prepared for war, with the Red Army redeploying to the Far East and the PLA going into full mobilization. The Soviets enjoyed an overwhelming technological advantage over China in 1969. However, Beijing had constructed the largest army in the world, much of which mustered within reach of the Sino-Soviet border. The Red Army, by contrast, concentrated its strength in Eastern Europe, where it...
Why would Moscow want such old weapons in the era of smart bombs? The answer might be really simple.
Russia's "God of War" is coming back with a vengeance.
The Soviet Union had a plethora of heavy artillery that could shoot nuclear and conventional shells, a fact that NATO would have learned the hard way had the Cold War turned hot. But with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Red Army's big guns were mothballed to storage depots.
Yet with temperatures rising...