Lilia Shevtsova is an associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House. Shevtsova was a nonresident senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe, part of the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. She has researched and published extensively on issues related to post-communist transformation, democratic transition, Russia’s domestic and foreign policy, political leadership, new independent states, relations between Russia and the West, the Eastern European transformation and developments in Ukraine.
Russia does not have the funds for a new cycle of militarization. It needs to pay pensions and carry out Putin’s social program from a budget of $430 billion. The authorities have returned to military patriotism, but this is likely that last sigh, the agonies of militarism. The country cannot militarize, and it cannot fight a constant battle with the whole world.