Posts by Dmitry Gorenburg

Dmitry Gorenburg 06-02-2014
Главная цель, которую преследовал Путин, проводя Олимпийские игры, – использовать для укрепления своего режима тот патриотический подъем, который обычно возникает в принимающих странах в связи с проведением подобных мероприятий. Российское правительство неоднократно изображало успех своих заявок на проведение крупных спортивных мероприятий в качестве показателя того, что Россия восстанавливает свои позиции крупной державы на международной арене (...
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-30-2014
Last week, I attended the Russian MOD’s Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS). Over the next few days, I plan to share my impressions of the event. First up, the keynote speeches. The lineup of presenters at the plenary session could not have been more prominent. The key Russian speakers included Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov. The other speakers included...
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-23-2014
With the rapid operation that resulted in the annexation of Crimea earlier this year, the Russian military returned to the collective consciousness of the American public. Many commentators were impressed with the “little green men’s” professional demeanor and shiny new equipment. In some cases, this impression was undeservedly expanded to apply to the rest of the Russian military. In this context, it is important to discuss what the Crimean operation...
Dmitry Gorenburg 05-01-2014
As the situation in Ukraine’s eastern regions deteriorates, with more and more administration buildings in eastern cities and towns being occupied by separatist activists, it is worth remembering some parallel events that took place in late January. In the immediate aftermath of the passage of a set of repressive anti-protest laws by the Viktor Yanukovych government, anti-Yanukovych activists took over local administration buildings in a host of western...
Dmitry Gorenburg 04-11-2014
В Крыму действовали элитные подразделения, и по ним нельзя судить о состоянии армии в целом. «Могут ли обычные вооруженные силы России представлять угрозу НАТО? Я так не думаю. По моему мнению, улучшения еще не достигли такого уровня. Но все может быть впереди», — заявил старший аналитик Центра военно-морских исследований США Дмитрий Горенбург […] Читать полностью  | © ДВ-РОСС
Dmitry Gorenburg 04-03-2014
Отдавая должное улучшению подготовки и технического оснащения российской армии, зарубежные эксперты призывают не делать преувеличенных выводов: многие подразделения группировки войск в Крыму являются элитными. Старший аналитик американского Центра военно-морского анализа Дмитрий Горенбург подчеркивает также, что на полуострове не было боестолкновений: "В основном они освобождали объекты и строения от войск, которые не получили никаких приказов либо приказ...
Dmitry Gorenburg 03-13-2014
The crisis in Ukraine has highlighted the importance of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. I’ve written about the fleet in the past, but it may be worthwhile to provide an update, especially as there have been a couple of surveys of the fleet published in recent days in the Russian press and blogosphere. The fleet currently consists of 40 combat ships, 28 of which are on active duty while the others are undergoing repair or modernization. The average age of these...
Dmitry Gorenburg 03-10-2014
Here’s a useful map of the locations of Ukrainian military bases (as of 2008) and Russian forces located near Ukraine’s borders. It’s drawn from a new Russian language blog, and due to limited time I haven’t checked the accuracy of the map, I’m afraid. Feel free to note any inaccuracies in the comments. Note that the majority of Ukraine’s forces are located in Western Ukraine, as the positioning of the forces is left over from the Soviet period, when...
Dmitry Gorenburg 03-06-2014
The Russian military analyst Prokhor Tebin has put together a very useful article explaining Crimea’s military significance for Russia. He highlights the Black Sea’s economic significance for Russia: Russia’s Black Sea commercial ports carry 30 percent of its total maritime exports. The Black Sea also provides the closest access for Russia to the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean, which is important for both economic and geopolitical reasons. Tebin...
Dmitry Gorenburg 03-02-2014
I’ve avoided writing anything on the situation in Ukraine, because there’s so much material being written already and I’m not an expert on the Ukrainian military. But I do want to make just a couple of quick points. 1) Russian military experts seem to have been caught up in their government’s propaganda. This is especially disappointing when it comes from usually top-notch analysts such as Ruslan Pukhov and Igor Korotchenko. In an article that was picked...

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