Scary Things the Russian Military Might Be Up To

The Cold War may have ended over 20 years ago, but that doesn't mean things are all hunky-dory with Russia now. Under Putin, the Russian military's been up to some rather fishy activity. From mysteriously buying dolphins to rumors that they're sending troops into Ukraine, here are some of the weirdest, scariest things the Russian military might be up to. 
  • They Bought Five Dolphins... and Wouldn't Say Why

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    Either the Russian military's making some seriously drunken purchases or they're planning something. The Russian Ministry of Defense recently purchased five dolphins and so far, they've refused to comment why. The possibilities are limitless. Perhaps they're building their own SeaWorld, or maybe we can expect to see a real-life Ecco the Dolphin very soon. 
  • They're Updating All Their Equipment

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    The Russian military's been undergoing an extensive 'rearmament' program for the past six years.  No word on why, although Russia plans to modernize at least 70% of their equipment and arms by 2020. The rearmament program's estimated to cost Russia a solid $291 billion, certainly nothing to sneeze at. Among the things Russia is hoping to buy? Nuclear submarines and stealth fighters. Yeesh. 
  • They're Buying a Bunch of Ships

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    Also by 2020, Russia's hoping to add about 100 (that's right, you read that figure right) warships to their Navy. 2020 might be a year to watch out for, especially if you're on Russia's bad side. While this ties in with Russia's rearmament program, the fact that Russia's so focused on bulking up their military really makes you wonder what they're up to. 
  • Russia's Bringing Back the Nuke Trains

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    Nukes and Russia are two words you don't want to hear in the same sentence. As it turns out, Russia's bring back their old Barguzin, or missile trains. It's believed that the so-called nuke trains, meant to help transport nuclear missiles, are a direct response to NATO's own European Ballistic Missile Defense system, which was set up in Romania and Poland.