Sources of modernization of the Russian military tool

Since Vladimir Putin was reelected to Russian presidency in 2004, the reform of armed forces, which has undergone several attempts since 1991, has become one of his priorities, with the aim of adapting them to the new international threats and to rationalize their resources. This policy is confronted to several obstacles, the main one being a military elite refractory to any questioning of their autonomy. At the same time, an increasingly extended international military cooperation is taking place between Russia and their Western partners, stirring trouble within the Russian general staff. Finally, the Russian society itself proves to be reluctant to any reform that might weaken the country’s security. – Summary AFRI-2005