We often talk about a dying army. On February 23, from the stands of numerous rallies of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, words are heard that the state should pay more attention to the army.
Everything is complicated and ambiguous from the point of view of a bourgeois parliamentarian, especially a patriotic bourgeois parliamentarian, no matter what banners he stands under.
On my own I would like to note that everything is quite simple and unambiguous from the point of view of a Marxist. Let's take a look at the numbers.
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), released a report according to which Russia in 2009 ranked fifth in the world in terms of military spending. This figure was $ 53 billion, or 4.19 percent of Russia's GDP. This figure should be divided into two parts. The first includes the maintenance and development of the military-industrial complex (military-industrial complex), which includes the development of new weapons, the second figure includes the direct maintenance of the army with the provision of food, housing, heating, fuels and lubricants, equipment and weapons, etc. These two items of expenditure make up respectively 2, 5 and 1, 7% of GDP. At the same time, the Russian government plans to bring these spending to 5% of GDP by 2013. According to the estimate of the amount of funding for the state armaments program for 2011-2020, released yesterday, on June 3, Russia will spend 13 trillion rubles on the defense industry. That is, it is not difficult to calculate that this amount exceeds 6% of Russia's GDP. At the same time, the Ministry of Defense claims that this amount is not enough, and it covers a third of the necessary expenses. Where will this money be spent? It is not entirely clear at this time. It has been announced to the public that there will be a complete rearmament of the army and the purchase of new weapons from both the defense industry and the Western "allies", such as the BMP-3M infantry fighting vehicles, the T-90A tank. The program for the development of military equipment will continue - the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile, the promising fifth-generation fighter T-50 and the Borey project 955 / 955A / 955U nuclear submarines. The development of the Il-112 and Il-476 aircraft will be financed.
Let's compare with how things are going in other countries of the world. US military spending is 4.6 percent of GDP per year. A similar indicator for France is 2.6 percent, in the UK - 2.4 percent, in India this figure is 2.9 percent, and for China - 2.04 percent of GDP.
Thus, everything is not as simple as an ordinary participant in a left-wing patriotic rally expects. The government spends budget money on the Army and even more than in other countries of the world.
What's the matter? Let's see through the eyes of a Marxist. There are two aspects to this
1. They steal. The amount of kickbacks is up to half of the budget. A vivid form of State capitalism in the RF-II.
2. The army is becoming more and more bourgeois and serves the interests of the exploiting class. Hence, other tasks for the army and other tasks for those who buy weapons. We are used to seeing divisions and fleets defending our homeland. Don't they want that? They need small, compact professional structures capable of solving local problems. Moreover, both inside and outside. A major enemy is not dangerous to us, because he is not going to fight with us. He already has everything from us that he needs. He has it through transnational structures, through agents of influence, through the bank accounts of our elite in Switzerland.
This army, as in 93, will be able to solve the tasks assigned to it. The people will be subdued. Salaries, money, kickbacks and equipment will be enough for this. A huge amount is spent on new equipment, on apartments and gifts. In the near future, this army will be able to solve all problems on the territory of the former USSR. The proletarians of the CIS and not only will feel the iron tread of the Eurasian gendarme. This army will be able to ensure the unhindered supply of its own and the Western Elite with the wealth of the peoples of the former USSR. Russia is too weak to solve imperialist tasks. Therefore, it will equip the army to solve the local problems of the Russian capitalists.
So, without revising the foundations of our state, without changing the socio-economic system, should we so strongly wish the capitalists to re-equip their army for their own purposes? Maybe we need another country? Another army? An army capable of defending the interests of the proletariat? Our country will be, and we will find money for our Red Army. And how will we find it!