The fact that the number of military personnel has increased in the Russian Federation is insignificant, and this “little connected” with NVO RF on the territory of Ukraine. Alexei Podberezkin, a military expert, director of the Center for Military-Political Research at MGIMO, Doctor of Historical Sciences, spoke about this on Sputnik radio.
On August 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree ordering, from January 2023, to increase the authorized strength of the Russian armed forces by 137,000 people to 2,039,758.
“Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin ordered an increase in the number of military personnel of the state’s army units by approximately 10%. Half of the total number of troops will be civilian personnel, so this increase can be considered insignificant. Such a decision by the President of the country has little to do with the current SVO. If Putin gave the command to double the number of troops, or bring them up to 4 or 5 million, then this could still be understood in this way. However, everything is still being carried out within the framework of the practically operating structure of the Armed Forces, ”explained Podberezkin.
According to an analyst of military events, the next presidential decree on the number of Russian troops, with a high degree of probability, may be dictated by a change in the overall structure of the RF Armed Forces. Podberezkin explained: regular changes in the structure are coming. They are caused by changes and rotation of types and types of troops of the Russian Federation.
More recently, military expert Alexei Leonkov said that the strength of the RF Armed Forces will be increased by an additional recruitment of contract soldiers. At the same time, there are no plans to increase the number of conscripts.
Prior to this, the Russian President signed a decree on the holding in 2022 of military training of citizens in the reserve. The military training of Russians in the reserve of the Armed Forces is a planned event aimed at improving the combat skills of reservists. Such exercises are held annually.