In recent years, GlobalSecurity.org has placed considerable emphasis on coverage of Russia. There are at least three reasons for this focus:
- Under Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the great power competition has re-emerged with a vengeance, though Russia is punching well above its weight.
- Russian online sources have exploded with an abundance of description and analysis that would have been unthinkable in the 20th Century, and that rival online sources on the American military.
- Recent improvements in machine language translation have rendered Russian language sources readily accessible to non-linguists.