The Kremlin & the High Command: Presidential Impact on the Russian Military from Gorbachev to Putin Dale R. Herspring

ISBN: 9780700614677

Published: October 11th 2006

Hardcover

242 pages


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The Kremlin & the High Command: Presidential Impact on the Russian Military from Gorbachev to Putin  by  Dale R. Herspring

The Kremlin & the High Command: Presidential Impact on the Russian Military from Gorbachev to Putin by Dale R. Herspring
October 11th 2006 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 242 pages | ISBN: 9780700614677 | 3.74 Mb

Throughout its existence, the Red Army was viewed as a formidable threat. By the end of the Cold War, however, it had become the weakest link in the Soviet Unions power structure. Always subordinate to the Communist Party, the military in 1991MoreThroughout its existence, the Red Army was viewed as a formidable threat. By the end of the Cold War, however, it had become the weakest link in the Soviet Unions power structure. Always subordinate to the Communist Party, the military in 1991 suddenly found itself answering instead to the president of a democratic state.

Dale Herspring closely examines how that relationship influenced the militarys viability in the new Russian Federation.Hersprings book is the first to assess the relationship between the Russian military and the political leadership under Presidents Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, and Vladimir Putin.

He depicts an outmoded and demoralized military force still struggling to free itself from Cold War paradigms, while failing to confront not only debacles in Afghanistan and Chechnya but also a rise in crime and corruption within the ranks. He reveals how Gorbachev neglected the military to save Russia from internal collapse and Yeltsin reneged on continuing promises of support.

And, while Putin claims a better understanding of the armed forces, he has severely tightened his control over the military while monitoring its struggle toward modernization.Herspring argues that presidential leadership--or a significant lack thereof--has been the key variable determining the kind of military Russia puts in the field. It has been up to the president to ensure that the high command makes a successful transition to the new polity--otherwise combat readiness will decline and generals and admirals could become politicized. By focusing on how the high command has reacted to each presidents decisions and leadership style, Herspring shows that, in spite of the continued importance of the militarys bureaucratic structure, personality factors have assumed a much more important role than in the past.The Kremlin and the High Command provides the most complete analysis to date of the Russian presidents influence on the Russian officer corps, the soldiers they lead, and their armys combat readiness.

Shedding light on the chaos that has plagued the USSR and Russia over the past 25 years, it also suggests how the often fraught relationship between the president and the high command must evolve if the Russian Federation is to evolve into a truly democratic nation.



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