The Russian navy, the construct of Peter the Great, was a late starter, but had big plans before WWI, including projection into the Mediterranean. The Soviets continued the strategy. Putin has done better than the Soviets by acquiring a naval base in Syria. A Med naval base has long been a Russian goal.
The primary problem is that there has been little interest in the Russian navy in the west. The anniversary of the Russo-Japanese War passed without a blip. The Russian/Soviet navy is much better represented in the card modeling circle with dozens of models of very obscure ships.