Russian tanks in Red Square, Moscow, during the Victory Day military parade, May 2011 (photo: dpa)

Defence: The troubled modernisation of Russia's armed forces

The rhetoric coming out of the Kremlin has led some observers to worry about a major programme of rearmament in Russia, but much of the money intended for the military has either gone on domestic needs or been stolen because of corrupt practices. This report spells out why Russia needs to invest in a modernised, democratically-controlled military.

IT used to be said that during the Cold War, from 1948 to 1991, the Soviet Union did not have a military-industrial complex. It would be more accurate to say it WAS a military-industrial complex.

The military was pervasive in all spheres of Soviet life. Military training was on ...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
The Russian military has been reduced to such a sorry state that the country is essentially defenceless against a foreign attack
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