Putin recreates Soviet-style political wing in military

Russian President Vladimir Putin's latest decision to recreate a unit within the military responsible for "military-patriotic work" is explained as a purely practical rather than ideological move.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's latest decision to recreate a unit within the military responsible for "military-patriotic work" is explained as a purely practical rather than ideological move.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Apparent revival of old traditions is sign that Russia readying for long face-off with West

In a move that appears to restore old traditions of the Soviet Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin recently ordered the creation of a new organisation within his country's military, designed to promote "patriotism" among soldiers.

The order, which affects around one million Russian men and women in uniform, is clear evidence that Russia is girding itself for a long confrontation with the West. And it is accompanied by continued heavy investment in Russia's armed forces.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2018, with the headline 'Putin recreates Soviet-style political wing in military'. Print Edition | Subscribe