Low morale, corruption and bad leadership define Russia’s military
All three go straight back to the boss. Morale is poor because Putin doesn’t care about his people or his soldiers; corruption is rife in his army because, as Alexei Navalny told me, “He is the tsar of corruption”; and paranoia is what ex-KGB spies do instead of playing golf. Russia’s war is not going well, and there is only one person to blame. No wonder the gossip in Moscow is that the FSB chiefs are selling their dachas in Crimea.
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