What you say has some merit ,but why do you think that corruption will take 20%?
More importantly when you have stamped out corruption, can we deal with the murder rate and then gambling addiction and perhaps alcoholism... and everything else and then the prisons will be empty and Russia will save so much they can afford to spend much more on other things.
However, spending big amounts and having 20% corrupted away and sent overseas.........this should be stopped.....somehow! tough but possible!!
You should have said this in the first place... can you not see the difference between talking about dealing with corruption by cutting spending, and just dealing with corruption with better accounting practises?
It is like getting someone to buy your groceries for you and you suspect they are keeping the change. The solution is to ask for the receipt and checking that all the goods bought are in the bags they deliver. The solution is not to just give them less money and buy fewer things each week.
Can you not see that spending less money will not stop corruption but will drag out the upgrade of the military over a longer more painful process?
If Russia does not stop rampant corruption in its society, then it will remain a backward nation in comparison to the west.
First of all Rubbish. Corruption is theft. Name one country that does not have thieves? In the US a private company can give a lobbiest a million dollars to get a law change or a law written that benefits them. That lobbiest will target specific senators and wine and dine them and give them gifts like cars and hookers and eventually the laws go through. How is that not corruption? Yet it is public knowledge that it happens...
The problem for Russia is that they have plenty of corruption, they just haven't made it part of the system yet.
The trickle down economic effect will not happen for general population and they will not be able get exposed to modern way of life.
The role of the government is not to drive the economy and create innovation. The governments role is to ensure there is infrastructure and education and health to support the population and allow the population to drive the economy forward by keeping them healthy, by making transport and movement cheap and easy and by giving the people access to training and education to give them the skills to do what they want.
Regarding Pentagon spending, like I said before, America can spend itself to total oblivion, that's not my problem.
Not your problem, but it is Russias problem. Part of their role is defence of Russia... and the greatest threat to Russia is the US. They need to first overhaul and upgrade the Russian military and then build a system that counters the high price ticket items the US will use that is not as expensive, but is effective.
Russia needs to have very efficient and strategic outlook towards defense spending and make sure whatever is invested does not end up in overseas accounts of corrupt officials in MIC.
Good accounting and an active FSB are solutions to that... not reducing spending.
Btw, where did my postings give you the idea that I am pro America and Pentagon is my favorite. Please clear up your understandings before jumping to conclusions.
Your sources are generally pro America, and you seemed to be in love with the F-22...
The main reason rest of the world buys Boeing and Airbus is their planes are very fuel efficient in comparison to anyone else.
BS. In fact western planes really do not suit Russian airlines... they need expensive infrastructure at air ports, there are no cloakrooms for the passengers to Siberia to put their heavy clothes so they have to freeze walking to the terminal at small airports. And most western aircraft have only two crew, with no engineer, which increases the workload of the pilot and copilot, and more importantly means that you are likely to need more pilots that are multilingual for international flights.
If Boeings and Airbuses are so wonderful why are they both fined so regularly for corruption? Without military orders increasing production numbers and reducing costs to produce them they would be too expensive to buy.
Russian planes for one are gas guzzlers and running an airline on those planes cannot result in profits.
All Russian planes? Makes you wonder why Il-76 and An-124 aircraft are in such demand if they are such inefficient aircraft.
You clearly are believing the western propaganda about Soviet and Russian planes, which is not really a surprise.
The main problem with modern Russian civilian airliners is that the Russian military has not ordered a few batches for different purposes that would start full scale production and reduce prices and risk.
That is why Russian Antanov and Illyusin planes are sold at deep discount on the airplane marts.
Those transports are in heavy demand internationally largely because of corruption... and that is US corruption.
You have read about the F-35 being designed from the outset to have parts made in various US states so that the congressmen from those states will not cancel it.
The C-17 was the first aircraft to do such a thing and despite costing as much as an SSBN they are still making them because the pentagon gets money for them even when it doesn't ask for it. Half a trillion dollars for a medium transport plane... and you talk about corruption in Russia?
The only other competition is the C-5 and there are no civilian models to compete with the An-124.
Problem is folks cannot take or accept the hard truth.
The Russian word for truth is Pravda. The American equivalent is Fox News, which is where you seem to get your information about Russian civilian airliners.
Soviet airliners were always competitive, the Tu-154 was a very good aircraft, as was the Il-62, but there has been a gap of 20 years with no orders and a loss of a closed market. Aircraft prototypes were designed and made but there were no orders, and engines were designed but never made for much the same reasons.
Saying all Russian and Soviet airliners are gas guzzlers is simply ignorant.
A bit like saying all Americans are fat, or all black people are good at sport.
Was over 700 billion rubles, lowered by 25 billion.
Which as worked out on his site is about 1.9 billion dollars less spending.