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Sic Semper Tyrannis : Russia Prepares for a Big War: The Significance of a Tank Army – Patrick Armstrong/Sic Semper Tyrannis

April 6, 2016 7:10 pm
Russia suffers from so many foundational pathologies that what you describe here appears to be so much window dressing -- icing over a corpsicle. What can Russia now afford?  Certainly not what is described in this piece.  In fact since Stalin, the leadership of Russia has always cared more about graft and corruption than about effective investment in Russia's future, such as it may be. This is why the domestic infrastructures of Russia are collapsing at such an astounding rate, from medicine to transportation to pipelines to bridges to energy distribution and so on.  Now that the number of women of child-bearing age is approaching a deadly dropoff, Russia's population decline is set to resume.  Mortality has stopped falling and is poised to skyrocket as Russia's impoverished fraction grows. Pay attention to a nation's underlying fundamentals, not to the bombastic pronouncements of its leadership and propaganda bureaus.  The future can be more clearly seen by avoiding official statements and looking beneath.