Defence: The troubled modernisation of Russia's armed forces

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

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.

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

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