Author: Pavel K. Baev - MC Series: Security Insights, Number 28 - Published: April 2019

sipaper23A key element in the Russian strategic culture is its military culture, which, however, lacks coherence and has been evolving through the interplay of three main traits: bureaucratic, war-fighting, and arms-parading.

The conflict in the Donbas region and the country’s military intervention in Syria gave a boost to the war-fighting trait, but the escalation of confrontation with the West and work on the 2027 State Armament program (SAP-2027) have increased the influence of the bureaucracy. Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin’s frequent boasts about new weapons systems have exemplified the arms-parading trait.


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