The Social Crisis of the Russian Military

  • Deborah Yarsike Ball


The Russian military, like Russia as a whole, is experiencing a systemic crisis. Historically, the military was a favored institution that was given tremendous resources and enjoyed a position of high status in society. It was used as an instrument of youth socialization and uplift. Today it is no longer favored and has few resources at its disposal, but the need to socialize youth is greater than ever before. The military, because of institutional inertia, still sees the task of socializing youth as its mission, but it is incapable of handling even its own social problems, let alone addressing and ameliorating those of society’s younger generation. In fact, the military exacerbates the very social problems it believes it should address.


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