Russia’s Armed Forces on Modernisation Course

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Series Details No.09, January 2014
Publication Date January 2014
ISSN 1861-1761
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In 2008 Russia’s Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov launched a mammoth project of comprehensive military reforms, whose objectives his successor Sergei Shoigu has also upheld since his November 2012 appointment. Despite deficits in recruitment, equipment and funding, Moscow’s armed forces have already accomplished the organisational transition from mass mobilisation army to modern combat force.

Although the reforms will not fundamentally change the balance of power with the United States, increased military muscle-flexing vis-à-vis Europe must be expected. Above all, however, the reforms expand Moscow’s ability to project power in the post-Soviet space and militarily reinforce Putin’s efforts to tie that region more closely to Russia.

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