Tag: Russian military

Putin’s Wars Already Costing Russia Nearly US $100 Billion a Year, Illarionov Says

October 14, 2015

Staunton, October 11 – Estimating the real costs, direct and indirect, of a military conflict is always difficult because so many factors need to be considered, but Moscow economist Andrey Illarionov says that even if one ignores direct human and property losses, Vladimir Putin’s wars are currently costing Russia approximately US $94 billion every year. […]

Money Shifted from Civilian Sectors in Russia to Military Needs Said Being Corruptly Diverted

September 2, 2015

Staunton, August 31 Like the citizens of most countries, Russians are generally prepared to sacrifice to support national security, but they can become outraged if they learn that money taken from programs that helped them and supposedly given to the military is being diverted as a result of corruption. And that can have immediate political […]

Putin’s Five-Year Plan for Promoting Patriotism More Militaristic than Soviet Ones Were

April 12, 2015

Staunton, April 12 – Moscow’s new five-year plan for promoting patriotism among the young is not only better financed – spending will more than double – but far more militaristic than the program it replaces and than the Soviet-era projects in this sphere, according to an analysis by Anton Chablin, a commentator for Kavkazskaya Politika. […]

Recent Sharp Rise in Russian Military Spending Shows Putin Preparing for Bigger War, Illarionov Says

April 3, 2015

Staunton, April 3 — Russian military spending, even as officially given by the finance ministry, provides a remarkably accurate early warning indicator of Russian intentions, Andrey Illarionov says, and a dramatic increase in spending since January of this year thus suggests that Vladimir Putin is preparing for a larger war in Ukraine and/or elsewhere. Between […]

Doubly Bad News for the Kremlin – Russia Losing Out to More Technically Advanced Arms Sellers

March 29, 2015

Staunton, March 28 — Moscow got some bad news this week: it is losing out to other more technologically advanced countries in the arms sales sector, something that is costing Russia money but also highlighting the reality that many of its weapons systems are no longer world class as far as potential buyers are concerned. […]

Beware Putin’s Special War in 2015

December 23, 2014

December 2014 is the month Putin’s Russia was plunged into undeniable crisis. Between the dramatic drop in oil prices and the collapse of the ruble, under Western sanctions pressure, Russians are going into the new year in a dramatically different, and lessened, economic situation than the one they enjoyed at the beginning of the year […]

Putin Reopens Possibility for Preemptive Attack on the West, Zhilin Says

December 21, 2014

Staunton, December 21 – Aleksandr Zhilin, head of the Moscow Center for the Study of Applied Problems and a leading Russian military commentator, says that Vladimir Putin has now changed the country’s military doctrine in such a way that it will now allow for consideration of a pre-emptive military attack on the West in response […]

Russian Soldiers Said Injuring Themselves To Avoid Being Sent To Ukraine

November 26, 2014

Staunton, November 25 – Some draftees in the Russian army are inflicting injuries on themselves in order to avoid being sent to the fighting in southeastern Ukraine, an indication of their fears about what might happen to them there and of growing opposition to the Kremlin’s aggression, according to Elena Vasilyeva. Vasilyeva, a Russian human […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 208: Second Russian ‘Humanitarian Convoy’ Crosses Into Ukraine

September 13, 2014

Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. An archive of our liveblogs can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please help The Interpreter to continue providing this valuable information service by making a donation towards our costs. View Ukraine: April, 2014 in a larger map For […]

Kadyrov Demands Moscow Draft Chechens Into Russian Army

August 14, 2014

Staunton, August 14 – Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechens, says that the Russian armed services must resume drafting young Chechens to serve in their ranks. This appeal reflects his concerns about what not drafting them will mean for the future of his republic and region and calls into question recent Moscow claims that it […]