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The military dimension of a more Militant Russia

The article analyses the development of the military dimension of Russia’s economy over the past decade or more, including the significant growth of military expenditure and its principal driver, spending on the ambitious state armament programme to 2020. For the first time for almost twenty-five years Russia once again possesses capable armed forces. With greater economic and military strength Russia’s leadership now feels able to be more assertive, even militant, on the world stage. These developments threaten to be constrained by the poor performance of the economy, facing the government with a policy challenge. However, for Russia and the main Western powers there can be no going back to the status quo ante



Russian Journal of Economics, Volume 2, Issue 2, 2016, Pages 129–145

·         Julian Cooperab

·         a Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, University of Birmingham, UK

·         b Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Solna, Sweden


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