Interactive: Russia’s sprawling military bases

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Despite the unforgiving collapse of Soviet Union and the negative impacts it brought towards Russia for nearly a decade, Moscow can still afford a strong military presence in its surrounding ex-Soviet states, as seen by its sprawling number of military bases, scattered mainly across Eastern Europe (Ukraine and Moldova), Central Asia, and Caucasus region (see Azerbaijan and Georgia’s ‘defiant’ territories, Abkhazia and South Ossetia). The numbers are infinitesimal compared to those of United States, its on-and-off political and military rival, but the influence their existence exerts is still comparatively formidable for these surrounding countries, though.

Check the full interactive on Al Jazeera, and click on each of the dots to know more about these bases.