A Potemkin Military? Russia’s Over-Estimated Legions
Center for European Policy Analysis CEPA
Dates should not matter very much in war, but May 9 is not a day like any other. For the men in the Kremlin, Victory Day is a chance to burnish their credentials as inheritors of what many Russians still see as their greatest generation — the men and women who paid the price in blood to defeat the Nazi invaders.
Kallberg, Jan, "A Potemkin Military? Russia’s Over-Estimated Legions" (2022).