The Russians have been at this a long time and they are good at it. Their history in space has not always been available to the public. The Russians can't be blamed or critisized for any secrecy they held in their programs back then; it was their business and we were involved a cold war space race. It was a wise decision back in the early sixties to turn the cold war race from nuclear armament to racing for the moon. Space exploration got a kick start and we never got around to destroying each other. As long as we support our Russian counterparts and share with them, both countries could only do better in any endeavours we may have in space.
I personally do not care who pioneers and colonizes space from Earth just so long as man expands off of the planet.
Having all of your eggs in one basket is not a good idea for the human race, we must spread out off the planet or risk going the way of the dinosaur.
Extinction events are rare, but absolutely not unheard of.
We are not sure if these extinction events were caused by asteroids, comets, volcanoes, quasar gamma blasts, collision events or what, but if it happened before it will happen again.