In particular, they were interested in securing unfettered access to the raw materials and inexpensive manufactured goods of their smaller neighbour.
Russia's more active involvement in Afghanistan includes business investment proposals, diplomatic propaganda, cultural programs, financial and military support for the central government, power influence in the north and with the Taliban.
The following day, the Soviet motorized divisions from Turkestan and the Fergana Valley rolled into Afghanistan, launching the invasion.
Taraki's visit to Moscow in March of this year.
For example, some twenty Soviet military advisers out of 1,500 in the country were publicly lynched and mutilated by angry mobs in the city of Heart.
In this late April 1988 photo, Soviet soldiers prepare to change their position while fighting Islamic guerrillas at undisclosed location in Afghanistan.