The Russian army should be enlarged to 3.5 million, it needs a dramatic professional improvement, and it should become a prestigious service, rather than declaring endless mobilizations, said political scientist, philosopher and the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan in an interview to Vyacheslav Manucharov published on March 13 on the YouTube channel of the Manuchi’s Empathy program.
“The softest thing we can do is dramatically improve the army in its professional aspect instead of more and more mobilizations,” Kurginyan said.
The political scientist estimates the new army to amount to 3 to 3.5 million people. The professional army should gain a different place in the society, he stressed.
First of all, the salaries of military servicemen should be raised. According to the analyst, army salaries should be at least 200 thousand rubles, and soldiers should receive good housing.
Military servicemen should play an important social role, and they should be respected, “at least as they are in Israel, or rather the Russian way.”
Kurginyan has no doubt that the size of the army can be raised form the current 1.5 million to three or even five million if the attitude to the army changes.
“Raise the salaries, raise the prestige of the profession, build infrastructure, and we will have five [million]… In this kind of a society, money makes approximately 30% of significance, another 30-40% comes with respect, and 30-40% more is the social position. He must feel he is loved and proud of when he walks with his epaulets,” the expert explained.
So far, the army is not going towards such a dramatic change, but it is “creeping” towards it, Kurginyan said. The reason is that a dramatic change has to be made in the “splendor” built over the previous period, “a sweet society with all these moms with baby carriages, all the cafes and teashops, with more or less Westernized young people.”
Many people in Russia, including President of Russia Vladimir Putin, are reluctant to make any dramatic changes or reforms, because they remember the catastrophe of perestroika. According to Kurginyan, the authorities currently experience a strategic perplexity after their dream to unite with the West failed.
“He [Putin] sought a place in a normal Western world. He led there, he really believed he would get it. And he never essentially expected to receive such rejection,” the leader of the Essence of Time movement explained.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency