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Russian Rearmament: Putin’s Key Priorities

While the Russian economy continues to suffer under Western sanctions, Moscow continues to invest heavily in upgrading its military capabilities

Low oil prices and Western sanctions have taken their toll on the Russian economy, and may necessitate deep cuts in Russia’s national budget. One sector, however, seems immune to cuts: the country’s military, which is absorbing ever-larger allocations of cash in rearmament efforts rejuvenated in 2008 and accelerated following the return of Vladimir Putin to the presidency in 2012. Russian politicians look set to continue to prioritise the development of the country’s military

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Dr Igor Sutyagin

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