Something perhaps the west needs to learn about... printing new money is not going to work forever...
This part has a second meaning because there are people ignorant enough to publicly speak about the wealth factor they have no bloody idea about.
As far as we are well aware of the size of Russias military budget, we can start to apply some analytical thinking.
They spent about on pair with UK and France.
And what they have there? What is a real bang for bucks?
Well, it is quite impressive to anyone, who owns at least a shade of intellect only.
First, they have a fully working nuclear triad, that is not the case for none of those.
Let us be honest, Mirage is hardly a nuclear deterrence option, right?
For the Brits, the situation is even worse. The only part of nuclear deterrence is the fleet, while it is hanged on Americans.
Russians have a working, wide, and complex surveillance system for its nuclear deterrence factor, including satellites, OTH radar net.
None of the other two has this comfort.
Russia has brand new weaponry in all the nuclear forces. State of the art pieces some 2 generations ahead of anything that can be thrown on them. Does not apply to F/UK either.
Russias fleet is bigger in size than both of them, combined. With running stable programs of generation replacement for all stuff they have there, with massive modernization projects in running.
Not only that ...
They have a new generation of weapon systems for all that fleet, that we can hardly say about any of the potential opponents other than China. Who is not an opponent, but a partner.
The Russian land army is about double the size of both F/UK, combined.
They have new pieces of equipment in functionally all directions, with new tanks, IFV, cargo, artillery, transportation, surveillance, individual weapons, and soldiers gear.
None of the two others has it, they lack such a complex solution even combined.
Russia airforces are more than double of the other two, again combined ... plus the others lack expensive strategic part of the fleet.
Long story short, they get about 2-4 factor bang for bucks when compared to the other nuclear-capable powers.
Making a comparison with Murica, who spent about 10x more, and lags behind in functionally all the military programs - in some of them for 2 decades - is simply clueless.
To talk nonsenses about the economically driven inability of Russia to maintain a high quality armed forces is proof of radical lack of knowledge, and deserves a serious spanking. But I am getting too old for that fun