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6 March 2018

Putin’s Science Fiction

In his speech outlining Russia’s military credentials, there were moments when President Vladimir Putin strayed into science fiction

26 February 2018

Russia’s GPV-2027 State Arms Programme

In a context of economic stagnation, arms production remains a priority for Moscow. The GPV-2027 spending priorities are a useful indicator of the Kremlin’s long-term political mindset.

20 February 2018

A Political Renewal in the Russian Army

Political officers in the military had disappeared along with the Soviet Union. Now they are back again. The government’s aim is greater ideological control over the command structures of the nation’s armed forces, especially in light of any potential internal unrest.

2 February 2018

Russia’s Military and the Illusion of Symmetry

By reinforcing its military on its Western frontier, Russia is attempting to create an image of parity between its own forces and those of the NATO alliance. The reality is much more asymmetrical, hence increasingly asymmetrical tactics from the Kremlin.

3 January 2018

Returning Home from Syria

How victims and former supporters of ‘Islamic State’ are welcomed back to Russia