Quote (dro94 @ Aug 16 2020 05:44am)
A lot of it is propaganda, their military budget is roughly 13% of the US'. Even in comparison to the Soviet Union, which was a far bigger economic and military power than Russia currently is, military spending is low:https://imgur.com/mjBfFYO.jpg
Russia's poor economy necessitates smaller spending on its military, and despite it spending a far higher % of its GDP on military than Western nations, countries like France, UK and Germany spend close to the same amount as Russia.
Russia used to be a superpower and now they try to showcase bravado to fool the world into thinking they are a genuine superpower. The threat of the 21st century is China and that is where the West's focus should be (and it is).
To be fair, the Soviet Union was something like 15 republics, Russia being just 1. Not an apples to apples comparison. You'd have to add in Ukraine, the Baltic states, the various 'stans, etc.