The Military and the State

Contemporary Russia in Historical Perspective
  • William E. Odom


The Russian military has always occupied a central place in the Russ ian state, never more so than in the Soviet period. In post-Soviet Russia, that place is changing. Precisely what new role it will have is far from clear, but Russia’s senior officers are products of the Soviet military, not at all disposed to accept the kind of systemic military reform essential for liberal political and economic development in Russia, reform that would remove the military from its traditional place in the Russian polity. The influence of historical legacies remains strong, but the forces of change are also powerful, leaving the outcome uncertain.


Soviet Period Officer Corps General Staff Ground Force Defense Minister 
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