It's actually along the lines of how i came to the magic thought. Kinda like a subtle telekinetic ability to use raw elements. If I add in the ability to utilize some sort of mind control, that helps my storyline itself.
The American military is trying to stop the hive by killing lesser hiveminds on the way up to the big guy (think zerg/tyranid). Russia can skip steps and use the hive to fight itself and later serve their own purposes. Then when America's allies step in to help the fight russia could become the badguy again. My mind is flowing with ideas now @.@