Accession Number : ADA299468

Title :   Russian Defense Legislation and Russian Democracy,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Blank, Stephen J.

PDF Url : ADA299468

Report Date : 17 AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 51

Abstract : Since the Russian Federation is the product of the coups of August 1991 and September-October 1993, control over the military is crucial for its survival. Many analysts have looked at issues of civilian control over the military in Russia primarily from the military's side. For them the main question then becomes the loyalty of the armed forces to the government. This monograph takes a different tack and examines the question from the vantage point of state policy towards the military. Although that policy is evolving over time, recent draft laws on defense and peacemaking indicate the Yeltsin Administration's intention to formalize a particular type of relationship with the various types of armed forces in Russia: army, navy, air forces, Ministry of Interior (MVD) forces (whose function is internal policing and pacification of territories inside the Russian Federation), Border Troops (whose function is to guard the old Soviet borders against military operations, e.g., from Afghanistan into Tadzhikistan), etc.

Descriptors :   *LEGISLATION, *DEMOCRACY, MILITARY OPERATIONS, USSR, CONTROL, MILITARY PERSONNEL, AIR FORCE, POLICIES, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, SURVIVAL(GENERAL), BOUNDARIES, SIDES, MILITARY PLANNING, POLITICAL REVOLUTION, AFGHANISTAN.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE