Stuart D. Goldman, Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division

September 4, 1997

Congressional Research Service Report 97-820

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Russian Conventional Armed Forces On the Verge of Collapse, September 1997


Russian government decisions and the budget deficit crisis have hit the Ministry of Defense very hard, cutting defense spending drastically and transforming the Defense Ministry into a residual claimant on scarce resources. Many experts believe that if these budgetary constraints continue for 2-3 more years, they must lead either to more drastic force reductions or to military collapse.

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