Russia's Military Nadir: The Meaning of the Chechen Debacle

"In war the moral is to the physical as ten to one.

Issue: Summer 1996

"In war the moral is to the physical as ten to one."

--Napoleon

The Chechen War may come to be seen as one of the greatest disasters
in Russian military history, greater than Tannenberg, greater than
Tsushima; not, obviously, because of Russian losses, which have been
limited, but because of what Chechnya has revealed about the
humiliating depths of contemporary Russian military decline. Quite
simply, the Russian army today is weaker in relative terms than it
has been for almost four hundred years--a fact which, if it persists,
may be of incalculable significance for the future of Eurasia.

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