Russia is one of the five members of the UN Security Council, and so holds a lot of power when it come to controlling access to the Fringepaths. It is no secret that many in the Russian government miss the USSR, and they see the Fringes as a way to force reunification. Most Russian explorers of the Fringes travel only with other Russians, when possible, but this is difficult due to the very few Fringeworthy the Russians have provided — they will not consider anyone from other former Soviet or Eastern Bloc nations, and have stricter standards of “reliability” then the Americans, though not as strict as the Chinese.
There is an ongoing mini-Cold War over the world often termed Red Dawn, with many Americans instinctively sympathizing with the outnumber resistance and the Russians, of course, insisting on following a non-intervention policy. It’s widely believed many Russian missions that return with few useful findings or which report mundane generalities are being sidetracked to Red Dawn. Of course, they make the same accusations.
Wheeling and dealing to gain development and exploitation rights to fringe technology occupies the highest levels of the highly corrupt Russian commerical sector, and the rise in seeming asassinations of otherwise unrelated people has many in the country confused. Often, the motivation is not to secure power or eliminate a likely competitor, but to simply cut down on those who know the secret for the sake of being the only people on the field when the pubic bidding war begins.