Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 143

Col. General Igor Rodionov, commander of the General Staff Academy and a candidate of the Congress of the Russian Communities (KRO) in the Duma elections, sharply criticizes what he describes as the breakup of Russia’s armed services in two different military entities. One consists of the army, navy, and air force, subordinated to the Defense Ministry and the General Staff. The other, better financed and favored in other ways, consists of the numerous armed formations belonging to security and law-enforcement agencies, under different chains of commands. This situation makes any military planning impossible and virtually precludes military reforms, Rodionov points out. He suggests a sharp reduction of law-enforcement personnel and consolidation of all military branches into a single entity, to be named "Armed Forces" and subordinated to the Defense Ministry and General Staff. (4)

Russia’s Communists Increase Their Lead.