Opinions differ on details of the large Soviet CVN now abuilding. They differ also on reasons the Soviets waited so long to build it. Whether they couldn't until now or didn't want to until now, it will soon be an important element of Soviet seapower.
Libby, Miles A. III
"Blue Water At Last: Missions of and NATO Responses to the New Soviet Aircraft Carrier,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 33
, Article 5.
Available at: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol33/iss6/5