Is Russia Imperialist?

Russia is said to be an imperialist world power, one in conflict with the imperialist superpower, the US. Russia has been characterized in this manner both during the period of the Soviet Union, and after the Soviet Union collapsed and separate states were formed. Russia is also said to be a non-imperial capitalist state, one still struggling to recover from the crisis of the Soviet collapse and the political and economic catastrophe of the Yeltsin years, when it degenerated into a near neo-colonial client looted by the US. We will look at how capitalist Russia today has imperialist features as seen in the role Russian capitalist monopolies play in the world imperialist system, Russian export trade in general, the export of Russian capital, the role played by Russian finance capital, and finally Russian military power.