The Russian military forces have shown sizable achievements recently, such as preparing highly professional spetznaz units and the creation of the exclusive cutting-edge battle tank “Armata,” which has a remote control turret system.
According to the Washington Post, Russian authorities have also put a lot of effort into making the armed forces more popular among ordinary people across the country.
For instance, the national TV channel “Zvezda” (Star) is broadcasting patriotic programming and military service advertising. A big military-themed attraction park is set to open in Russia’s capital next year and there is already a majore store selling military-style clothes on Tverskaya Street in the heart of Moscow.
Moreover, various gift shops offer patriotically-charged souvenirs in Moscow airports, Roth added. The most popular samples are Putin T-shirts and "polite person" cardboard cutouts.
Russia’s deputy prime minister of the defense industry Dmitry Rogozin has followed the trend and chanted in the response to the Western sanctions, imposed on Russia: "Tanks don't need visas!"
Although the fall of the ruble and western-imposed sanctions may hamper the modernization of the defense industry, it definitely won’t impact Russia’s performance in the International Army Games, Roth concluded.
Lt. Gen. Ivan Buvaltsev, the head of training for Russia's armed forces, challenged NATO states, inviting them to participate in the next year’s games.