Less roubles for the army, in fact means more

Less roubles for the army, in fact means more

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 27 October 2017 Less roubles for the army, in fact means more Reducing the share of GDP in Russia’s defence spending by 2020 does not mean that budget spending on the military will actually decrease. The budget can be amended during the...
Real role of the Kaliningrad Fortress

Real role of the Kaliningrad Fortress

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 26 October 2017 Real role of the Kaliningrad Fortress Recently, some Russian military experts have claimed that the Kaliningrad Oblast was very weak as for its usual military capacities. Such a point of view differs from the Western perception of...
Zapad 2017 Lessons Learned

Zapad 2017 Lessons Learned

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 20 October 2017 Zapad 2017 Lessons Learned The course of the joint Russian-Belarussian strategic exercises Zapad 2017 confirmed the forecasts of the Warsaw Institute analysts presented in the report of September 13. The Russians did not use the...
Russian Army: Autumn’s Decline in Form

Russian Army: Autumn’s Decline in Form

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 9 October 2017 Russian Army: Autumn’s Decline in Form It is known that in October and November, the Russian army’s military readiness declines and so does the military potential of the state. Such a situation is related to the rotation...
Shoygu’s Troubles

Shoygu’s Troubles

RUSSIA MONITOR Date: 4 October 2017 Shoygu’s Troubles Severe losses in Syria, some errors committed during the Zapad-2017 military drills, and, most of all, the loud corruption scandals in the army: Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu, has recently had a horrible...