This is the author’s accepted manuscript version of Chapman, B. (2014). Navy, Russian (1991-). In Russia at War: From the Mongol Conquest to Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Beyond by Timothy C. Dowling, Editor. (Vol. 2, pp. 571-573). Copyright © 2014 by ABC-CLIO, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduced with permission from ABC-CLIO, LLC, Santana Barbara, CA.


Provides a historical overview and analysis of events affecting the Russian Navy from 1991-present. Emphasizes how this force still has mammoth strategic ambitions despite limited resources and an obsolete infrastructure. Stresses the ongoing presence of nuclear weapons, the increasing importance of the Northern Sea Route in Russian and international trade and strategy, and how U.S. and NATO countries budget constraints may make it hard for them to resist Russian assertiveness in areas such as Ukraine.


Russian Navy, Russian military doctrine, Russian military policy, geopolitics, Northern Sea Route, defense industrial base

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