9 July 2012
Russian Analytical Digest No. 116: Military Reform
The first article in this issue reminds that despite efforts to reform the Russian military after the Russian-Georgian War of 2008, the impediments to its modernization remain formidable. The second article then looks at the debate surrounding Russian conscription regulations. It concludes that although attempts have been made to create greater incentives to join the Army, the number of volunteers entering service are too few for its needs. As a result, the conscription issue has turned into a difficult one for Russian politicians – the general public supports either an end to or a reduction in conscription, but military experts continue to argue that conscription is necessary to maintain Russian military strength.
© 2012 Research Centre for East European Studies (FSOE), Center for Security Studies (CSS), German Association for East European Studies (DGO)
Bettina Renz, Rod Thornton
Stephen Aris, Matthias Neumann, Robert Orttung, Jeronim Perović, Heiko Pleines, Hans-Henning Schröder, Aglaya Snetkov