The story here is that the USA conspired to make the Ukraine part of the West including NATO, contrary to negotiations which preceded the unification of Germany. Under the Carter administration Zbigniew Brzezinski identified Afghanistan and Ukraine as key regions to attack Russian strength. America made plans were made to destabilize these regions.
The USA has 800 foreign military bases and Russia has 8. Crimea is their only warm water port capable of supporting their nuclear submarines. Putin moved quickly to protect that property, which Khrushchev, a Ukrainian, had bequeathed to the Ukraine, when the Ukraine was a satellite State of Russia. Putin has surrendered most of the Ukraine but consolidated his annexation of Crimea, accomplished with the loss of one life, by building this bridge. This project prevents the need to annex other territory in the Ukraine, in order to supply Crimea, which has been isolated economically from Ukraine, by the West, which is angry about this outcome. Crimea provides Russia a level of parity in the arms race and will never be surrendered voluntarily.
Crony capitalism certainly built the bridge, just like all the American refineries and other oil transfer facilities in Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East, just like many US bridges, rail and highway projects. The US helped to implement a system of crony capitalism in Russia after the Berlin Wall came down.
Since the fall of the Berlin Wall Russia has sought increased trade with the West, a move which has been aggressively obstructed by the United States, who still regards Russia as an arch enemy. This is a small part of a larger successful attempt to dominate the planet earth using banking and military force.
But in the endless pursuit of profit, the USA has simultaneously offshored manufacturing, to China and other countries. So far that has increased US Corporate profits but over time, as the foreign labor they utilize, develop similar independent manufacturing capacity, using US technology, profits will vanish and with it the ability to support the worlds largest military force. The more immediate consequence of these policies are the stagnation of wages in the USA, which have failed to follow increases in productivity, as they have in Germany. Wage stagnation prevents investment and economic growth because consumer spending is 70% of the economy. Meanwhile rents, healthcare and energy costs continue to rise. Only recapture of democracy can reverse this trend.
The purpose of our Government must include the promotion of the general welfare, which is a constitutional mandate. Income disparity in the United States amongst the top 35 industrialized countries in the world is higher than all other nations except Mexico and Chile. This outcome is a consequence of falling for the Milton Friedman theory that greed is not just good, but it is the only value which drives human progress.