With NASA's recent musings on colonizing Mars, mining asteroids and setting up a base on the Moon, it was only a matter of time before Russia weighed in with its own plan for the future of space travel. Old rivalries aside, Russia is a key player in the maintenance and supply of the International Space Station and has kept a steady interest in the stars in recent years.
The gateway to those stars, by Russian estimation, is the Moon. A committee comprised of members from The Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow State University, and the private firm Roscosmos has just laid out a roadmap that would place a Russian colony on the Moon by 2040. The colony will eventually function as a staging ground for human expansion across the solar system, and the committee wants Russia to get this interplanetary gas station up and running before the competition.