Baev, Pavel K. (2012) Траектория военной реформы в России [Trajectory of the military reform in Russia], Pro et Contra 16(4): 171–184.
The army, along with the military industrial
complex that serves it, is at the center of the
unfolding systemic crisis in Russia. But, according
to the official rhetoric, the main problems
were solved in the 1990s, when the Russian army
preserved the country’s sovereignty, because,
“frankly speaking, we had no other serious material
arguments.” This dubious premise underlies
the “need to be strong” stance. The fact that
most Russians are ready to accept it is not likely
to automatically bring about its realization.
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