The US and Russia have at least one thing in common: They’ve both fought protracted wars in Afghanistan without positive results.

While the US still seeks a military victory in Afghanistan, Russia pulled out nearly three decades ago and has since sought a non-military way to influence the war-torn country — and it appears to be paying off.

“The Russians are ramping up political, economic and propaganda activities to improve their image and reestablish their influence amid pervasive corruption that is impeding progress in Afghanistan,” Arturo Munoz recently wrote in a RAND Corporation piece.