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Military economy and military reform in Russia

Vasily Zatsepin and Vitaly Tsymbal

Published Papers from Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy

Abstract: The number of Russian Armed Forces (RFAF) authorized strength at year-end 2017 increased 17,387 to 1,903,758 on the back of disbandment of the Federal Special Construction Agency (Spetsstroy); therefore, the RFAF’s total authorized strength rose to 1,013,628 from 1 million.[1] That was the first time when data on RFAF’s authorized war strength (1,700,000) were published by mass media, posting a substantial decrease from 5 million reported prior to the military reform of 2008-2012.The Russian Defense Ministry did not publish 2017 year-end service personnel statistics like it did in previous years; therefore, the total accountable strength presumably decreased to 240,000 from previous year’s 270,000 as a result of a 35,000 (13 percent) decline in the number of conscript personnel. Overall, the 2017 total number of conscript personnel inflow stood at 276,000, or 31,000 (10 percent) less than in 2016 .

Keywords: Russian economy; military-industrial complex; military reform; defense order; military procurement; defense control (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D74 F52 H56 F51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 11 pages
Date: 2018, Revised 2018
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