Russian defense spending after 2010: the interplay of personal, domestic, and foreign policy interests
Since 2010, Russia’s defense spending has seen an average annual real growth of 10%, causing a profound shift in the composition of government expenditure. This article examines the formal and informal processes through which Russia’s level of defense spending is determined and identifies personal, domestic, and foreign policy interests behind the rise in defense expenditures. Drawing on a combination of elite interviews and document and news analyses, I argue that domestic political and socioeconomic factors are at least as important as geopolitical and security ones in explaining Russia’s decision to push defense to the forefront of the political agenda. The findings suggest that high levels of defense spending may be politically sustainable in Russia, at least in the medium term, even though it comes at the cost of other public goods.
Hakvåg, Una. Russian defense spending after 2010: the interplay of personal, domestic, and foreign policy interests. Post-Soviet Affairs 2017 ;Volum 33.(6) s. 496-510