ERR in Moscow: Military modernization running into complications ({{commentsTotal}})

Russia is attempting to modernize its military but the mission has become more complicated than first thought, ERR's man in Moscow, Neeme Raud, reports.

One problem facing the military is the passive reserve force. “Currently the reserve force is not functioning as it should as resources are lacking and there are not enough experts to train reservists.”

Another problem is military hardware which is out of date. State procurements for modern weapons have hit bumps and sanctions against Russia have also played a role, Raud said.

“Companies, which would have taken delivery of parts from Ukraine are unable to do so due to sanctions,” Viktor Litovkin, a former Russian officer and current TASS military analyst, said, adding that some part have been substituted, but large parts, such as engines, need industry behind it, and developing engine-building capability takes time.

Looking at steps taken by Kremlin recently on strengthening the military it seems Russia is preparing for war, Raud said.

“Russia is preparing to become a stronger, more powerful nation, free and independent. There is no plan to attack anyone. But if someone is mad enough to attack Russia, then I think Russia will not be held back,” Litovkin said.

Editor: J.M. Laats



Opinion
Easter Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting productionEaster Monday a public holiday? But you're forgetting production
Estonia’s Easter Monday time loop: Discussing an additional day off

Every year, Estonia reliably asks itself the question whether or not Easter Monday should be made a public holiday. Opinions differ. While one side emphasizes the importance of family time, the other thinks an additional day off would threaten economic growth.

Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).Minister of Social Protection Kaia Iva (IRL).
Samost: Kaia Iva’s charisma could help IRL out of long-term low

In Sunday’s “Samost ja Rumm” radio debate show, editor-in-chief of ERR’s online news, Anvar Samost, and journalist and former politician Hannes Rumm discussed the potential and actual candidates for the chairmanship of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL). At the time of the broadcast, Helir-Valdor Seeder had not yet made his intention to run public.