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Russia’s navy became severely neglected after the collapse of the USSR in 1991. This culminated in the loss of the submarine Kursk and its 118 crew in 2000. Now Moscow is spending billions of dollars on upgrades, but a questionmark hangs over equipment at the centre of the project. This is regarded by some experts as its only truly modern component.
Professor Stefan Hedlund
While foreign observers have expressed concern over Russia’s rearmament programme, there is little to suggest that the country is about to achieve the military superpower status it had under the Soviet regime. The second part of the series on Russian rearmament looks at why the legacy of past neglect, not just in the forces themselves but in industries which supply...