The Bear Is Far From Dead

On the heels of an earlier post where I remarked that Russia was upgrading her strategic systems, there is this from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev:

“A fundamental task stands before us: to re-equip the army and navy with new weapons,” state-owned RIA quoted Medvedev as saying at celebration on the eve of Defenders of the Fatherland Day, a national holiday honoring the military.

“We must focus our resources, all our best strengths — as our country has repeatedly done — to create new, quality armaments and leave behind for good the system of patching up holes in old weapons,” Medvedev was quoted as saying.

More here from Reuters

Rusting Russian Navy Vessels


7 Responses to “The Bear Is Far From Dead”

  1. 1 SCOTT the BADGER
    February 23, 2010 at 23:53

    Lets just hope that they keep Soviet era quality control. I wonder what Greenpeace would have to say about those ships in the photo. Do you think that there are lots of 3 headed fish in the waters around those ships, given all the lubricants, coolants, etc leaking out of them?

  2. February 24, 2010 at 03:21


    I worry a LOT about the environmental hazards of the abandonment of the old Soviet fleet.

    Green Peace would likely have coniptions over wha tthe Soviets have done with their old boats.

  3. 3 SCOTT the BADGER
    February 24, 2010 at 15:04

    It’s the abandoned SSNs that give me the heebie jeebies.

  4. February 25, 2010 at 14:19

    I have always felt the bear was just hibernating a little. Glad I’m not a resident of the Baltic states. From a Russian Naval perspective, they are in play. Not good.

  5. 5 SCOTT the BADGER
    February 25, 2010 at 15:15

    Yep, yep, yep, I concur

  6. February 25, 2010 at 16:05

    The big stick that Russia holds right now is over Europe. The majority of natural gas and petrol comes through pipelines to Europe which Russia owns and maintains. With Russia being the largest exporter of petroleum and natural gas to Europe, that’s a serious bit of economic leverage they have.

  7. 7 SCOTT the BADGER
    February 26, 2010 at 04:49

    It becomes harder to stand up to the Bear, when he can shut off the heat and light in mid winter.

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