Russia’s Military, Once Creaky, Is Modern and Lethal
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Anton Troianovski, Michael Schwirtz and Andrew E. Kramer
Thu, January 27, 2022
MOSCOW — In the early years of Vladimir Putin’s tenure as Russia’s leader, the country’s military was a hollowed-out but nuclear-armed shell.
It struggled to keep submarines afloat in the Arctic and an outgunned insurgency at bay in Chechnya. Senior officers sometimes lived in moldy, rat-infested tenements. And instead of socks, poorly trained soldiers often wrapped their feet in swaths of cloth, the way their Soviet and Tsarist predecessors had.
Two decades later, it is a far different fighting force that has massed near the border with Ukraine. Under Putin’s leadership, it has been overhauled into a modern sophisticated army, able to deploy quickly and with lethal effect in conventional conflicts, military analysts said. It features precision-guided weaponry, a newly streamlined command structure and well-fed and professional soldiers. And they still have the nuclear weapons.
The modernized military has emerged as a key tool of Putin’s foreign policy: capturing Crimea, intervening in Syria, keeping the peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan and, just this month, propping up a Russia-friendly leader in Kazakhstan. Now it is in the middle of its most ambitious — and most ominous — operation yet: using threats and potentially, many fear, force, to bring Ukraine back into Moscow’s sphere of influence.
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January 28, 2022 at 1:14 AM #468331Passionate ProgressiveParticipant
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Two decades later, it is a far different fighting force that has massed near the border with Ukraine.
Iraq has WMD, Iraq has WMD, Iraq has WMD, etc., etc.,
Yes the military has been modernized but it is stationed in western Russia where it trains rather than being massed on the border with Ukraine…..
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63
It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall
January 28, 2022 at 2:00 AM #468342VoltairineParticipant
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of Russian weapons porn. And Chris Hedges.
Western propaganda has loads of weapons porn and war mongering. But no Chris Hedges.
January 28, 2022 at 2:21 AM #468354YanathParticipant
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RT is mostly unwatchable for me, except for a few programs, including Chris Hedges and a few others.
January 28, 2022 at 1:15 PM #468390VoltairineParticipant
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Ancient, mediaval and ww2, more modern than that, meh. So I’m not totally adverse to weapons porn.
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