Russia's Back in the Arms Game

It's good business for them, but the Kremlin's customer list is controversial: Venezuela, Iran, and China have received shipments

For decades, the Americans and the Soviets competed fiercely for global influence by supplying warplanes, missiles, and tanks to opposing sides in conflicts worldwide. But when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Russia's weapons industry fell into disarray. Now, Russia is back in the arms business, with surging orders from countries across the globe. "A lot of countries now want to buy our weapons," says Viktor Litovkin, deputy editor of Russia's Independent Military Review.

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