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In the aftermath of the Russian victory over the Ottomans in 1856, the Russians decided to expand their conquest to include Constantinople, and when it failed, gave to occupied Bulgaria a warm port before annexing the provinces of Romania and Bulgaria into the Russian Empire for an uninterrupted warm water port access to Moscow. An Ottoman attempt to invade Bulgaria in 1877, after the successful Italian and German wars of unification, failed before the Ottomans were defeated by Russia in 1877, with Russia annexing all of Thrace's remnants into the Russian Empire, giving Russia complete access to their Mediterranean sea with the Ottomans out of Europe and defunct by 1919. This would be followed by Russian colonialism in East Africa, the Muslim world, Korea and China, with its negative consequences. In the aftermath of the Russian-Japanese War and WW1 from 1911 to 1916 and the Bolshevik Revolution of 1914 [3 years earlier than otl, along with the February Revolution against the Tsar], the Russians would lose their African and Far Eastern colonies, although the otl Asian part of Russia would become the RSFSR's Siberia and Muslim regions would become Central Asian and Caucasian SSR's. Russia, in its Soviet and post Soviet republican form, would still remain a great power while weathering the Second World War, a Cold War and the post-Cold War collapse of the Soviet Union, the eastern Balkans having joined the Soviet Union as SSR's throughout the Soviet Union's existence from 1914 to 1991 [3 years earlier and longer than real life].