Past event

Invitation Only

Research Event

Civilian Control of the Russian Military?

Chatham House, London

Russia and Eurasia Programme, Russia's Domestic Politics

Event documents

Meeting Summary - Civilian Control of the Russian Military?
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Keir Giles, Director, Conflict Studies Research Centre


Russia’s latest attempt to reform its military forces started with the appointment of Anatoly Serdyukov as Minister of Defence in 2007. Despite funding problems and opposition from the ‘old guard’, the reforms have gone some distance in altering the force structure. The reform has led to increasing civilian control of the military, and enhanced the influence of the intelligence services in the sector. This event will discuss the current arrangements for oversight of the military and their implications for the functioning of the Russian armed forces.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.