Putin is preparing for a big war, increasing military spending, - Illarionov. SCHEDULE
From the moment Vladimir Putin came to power until January 2014, Russian military spending averaged 2.5–3.2% of GDP per year, with a steady upward trend.
This is written in a blog by a former adviser to Putin, a researcher at the Caton Institute in Washington, Andrei Illarionov.
"For the first 13 years, military spending increased at constant prices by 2.6 times and amounted to a total of 12.6 trillion rubles, or 429 billion dollars (on average, about 15% of all federal budget expenditures)," writes Illarionov.
"After the Kremlin’s leadership made a final decision on the attack on Ukraine (at the latest, obviously, on February 9-10, 2014), military spending was more than doubled. At that time, operations were planned not only to seize and occupy the Crimea, but also to the conquest of the so-called Novorossiya.In February-April 2014, Russian military expenditures amounted to 31 billion dollars, or 6.7% of GDP (27.7% of all budget expenditures).
Official military spending of the Russian Federation
|Periods||In general, for the period:||On average per month:|
|Billion rubles||Billion dollars||Index at constant prices (2000 = 100%)||The rate of change in% to the previous period||In% to all expenses of the federal budget||% Of GDP|
|January 2013 - January 2014||2172||68.4||267.5||3.4||14.8||3.18|
|February - April 2014||1104||31.1||564.3||110.9||27.7||6.73|
|May - December 2014||2148||40,8||379.4||-32,8||14.3||4.08|
|January - February 2015||1316||20.6||879.4||131,8||43.3||12.68|
Source: Ministry of Finance of Russia.
At the end of April 2014, the military operation to seize Novorossia was canceled (postponed), the average monthly military spending in May-December 2014 was reduced by one third compared with the level of February-April 2014. It should be noted that not only regular military maneuvers, not only the redeployment of a significant number of troops to the Russian-Ukrainian border, but even the participation of about 10 battalion-tactical groups of regular Russian troops directly in the fighting on the territory of Ukraine (including under Saur-Mogilya and Ilovais com) at the time did not require an increase in military spending.
The situation radically changed in January-February 2015. The average monthly military expenditures at constant prices were increased 2.3 times compared with even the previous (military) period (May-December 2014), 3.3 times more than the last pre-war period (January 2013 - January 2014), 8.8 times as compared to 2000. Over the past two months, military expenditures amounted to over 1.3 trillion rubles. (more than 20 billion dollars, 43.3% of all federal budget expenditures, 12.7% of GDP), ”Illarionov reports.
"Fighting Russian troops in the Donetsk airport and near Debaltseve did not require such expenses, as indirectly indicated by the relatively moderate level of military spending during the 2014 summer campaign. It seems that the sharp increase in military spending in January-February 2015, along with several other factors indicate a serious advance preparation for military actions of a much larger scale and much higher intensity than anything that we have seen in the last 14 months, "concludes ex-adviser Put. on.