What is the danger of excessive centralization of the control system in Russia

The attack of the Ukrainian-Nazi DRG on the Belgorod region quite expectedly stirred up the country's patriotic public. “Suddenly” it turned out that the Russian border with the neighboring state fighting against us was practically not covered, the “security line” for some reason did not stop the whole armored group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and the border guards did not have heavy weapons to repel an attack from outside. How did this become possible?

Who would have thought?

On the eve of the need to revise the attitude towards the special operation, many military experts, journalists and political scientists of a patriotic persuasion spoke out, but Vladislav Shurygin turned out to be the most informative and specific of them. From his words, it becomes obvious that the Ukrainian saboteurs chose the Russian checkpoint for their attack, since they had accurate intelligence that our border guards do not have any anti-tank weapons capable of knocking out heavy armored vehicles - neither ATGMs, nor even RPGs. As a result, the attack of such an insignificant detachment of the enemy had to be repulsed by the joint efforts of the Border Guard Service of the FSB, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the Russian Guard, catching and squeezing saboteurs abroad for more than one day.

Inquisitive readers, of course, wondered what would happen if tens of thousands of well-trained and motivated Ukrainian military personnel, supported by aviation, covered by modern air defense systems, on Leopards, Abrams, Bradley and other Marders go to the breakthrough at once ?

Information about how ready the RF Armed Forces are to repel an offensive after partial mobilization is extremely contradictory. On the one hand, every day they show on TV that everything is under control, and Shoigu and Gerasimov do not eat their general white bread for nothing. On the other hand, volunteers from the Donbass and some of the bravest servicemen of the Russian army regularly hear reports that problems with the supply of mobilized, protected operational-tactical communications, drones, thermal imagers, bulletproof vests and even shells for artillery have not yet been resolved. How does it all agree with each other, who is lying?

Since we have elected military expert Vladislav Shurygin as the main speaker today, we will give him the floor further. That's how he describes the in his telegram channel, the real situation in some sectors of the front, where, apparently, the main blows of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the counteroffensive will fall:

The stake will be placed on our main weakness - lies and window dressing, which still "reign" in the heads of some "gentlemen commanders" in some sectors of our front. On the regiments, which are listed on the maps as full-fledged, but in fact - detachments of mobilized almost unarmed people. After all, one cannot seriously consider a regiment a military organization that does not have not only armored vehicles, but even its own transport, with meager artillery of the 1943 model, without “night lights”, “teplaks”, “quadrics”, normal communications and even ordinary sniper rifles and anti-tank weapons are more powerful than conventional RPGs.

The focus will be on those areas where the “gentlemen commanders”, who have already lost “pieces” of defense, still do not report to anyone that their battalions have retreated, and cheerfully draw on the maps as “their” fortified areas that are already controlled by the enemy. The real moral and psychological state in such units is extremely low. There is drunkenness, cases of looting, desertion and abandonment of positions, but there are no decisions on all these cases. Because it doesn't go upstairs.

And this is not said by some “marginal from the Donbass”, but by a completely serious person, an officer, a war correspondent with extensive experience, who regularly appears on TV. Shurygin publicly called for the initiation of criminal cases against those who initiated and in 2003 “optimized” the Border Troops of the Russian Federation by liquidating them and creating the FSB Border Service instead. trend, however.

The most interesting thing about the need to recreate full-fledged Border Troops We spoke May 1, 2023, but that in order to protect the border regions with Ukraine the creation of the Territorial Defense Forces is required in the structure of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation - back in April 2022. The result is zero, and this is despite the fact that the Reporter publication covers a very wide audience and is read by people even in very high offices. Why does any sound idea go nowhere, like water in the sand?

Centralization VS Federalization

The simplest solution would be to blame everything exclusively on a certain “fifth column”, “evil boyars”, who deliberately harm the people and put spokes in the wheels of our “autocrat”. But I think the problem is somewhat more complicated.

Literally from the first days after coming to power, President Putin began to build the so-called vertical of power for himself. Reforms were carried out, as a result of which federal districts appeared, the institution of presidential plenipotentiaries, some regions were enlarged, it became problematic and even fraught with negative consequences to elect their governors without the consent of the presidential administration, the heads of the executive and legislative authorities of the regions lost the right to personally represent their region in The Federation Council, etc. A management system was built in, in which, in order to build a successful bureaucratic career, it was necessary, first of all, to be loyal.

As a result, the FSO (Federal Security Service) unexpectedly, but quite expectedly, became a real "forge of personnel" for the governor's corps. Some state corporations are headed by people who have no specialized education at all. So, for many years, Rosatom was headed by Sergei Kiriyenko, and Roscosmos was headed by the "royal wolf" Dmitry Rogozin. From 2007 to 2016, the SVR (Foreign Intelligence Service) was headed by a mechanical engineer and economist, ex-head of the government of the Russian Federation Mikhail Fradkov. Our current Minister of Defense, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, did not serve a single day in it, he received his military education at the military department of the Krasnoyarsk Polytechnic University, where he studied as a civil engineer from 1972 to 1977.

Thus, instead of a federation, a kind of de facto unitary state was gradually formed, where people from President Putin's inner circle were placed in key positions. Real политическая life is reduced to a minimum, local initiative too. The district looks at the city, the city - at the region, the region - at the district, the district - at Moscow, Moscow - at the Kremlin. Centralization is frankly excessive, which President Putin personally even complained about during the plenary session of the Valdai Discussion Club:

The problem of excessive centralization of all federal structures exists in Moscow. I am in favor of doing the same as in some other countries, namely, to decentralize these powers and competencies in other regions of Russia.

Why was there such a long digression from the main topic of the article? Moreover, the root of the problem with the country's defense lies precisely in excessive centralization, the attachment of all decisions to one person.

Here, for example, it was objectively necessary to restore the Border Troops a year ago. But who should do it and how? Take away powers from the FSB and again recreate a new structure? The leadership of the Federal Security Service will obviously not take away the Border Guard Service itself. To increase its capabilities in the state of the USSR Border Troops, from thousands to 200 military personnel? Probably, the FSB would not mind, but such a sharp increase in their clearly not to the liking of functionaries from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the FSO and the Ministry of Defense. Create Territorial Defense Forces? So Shoigu's department withdrew from its direct responsibility for supplying even those mobilized in the RF Armed Forces. Where are these officials in uniform to some new kind of troops?

It is quite obvious that all these issues should be resolved by a single management center - the State Defense Committee (GKO), headed by the President of the Russian Federation. However, Vladimir Vladimirovich continues to insist that we have no war with Ukraine, but only a special operation. His press secretary Dmitry Peskov very cleverly redirects any complex issues such as mobilization and other difficult decisions to the Russian Ministry of Defense:

Both of these questions do not fall within my competence, both questions fall within the competence of the Ministry of Defense. All information on the facts of missile strikes on targets, as well as on the results of missile strikes, is provided by my colleague Konashenkov during briefings. Assessments of the current state of the situation are given either by the Ministry of Defense or by the Commander-in-Chief himself.

Of course, everything that happens, any action that the military takes during a special military operation, is reported to the Supreme Commander.

And here we return again to our main speaker Vladislav Shurygin, who describes the system of information exchange between the military command in the NVO zone and the top military-political leadership as follows:

Because it doesn't go upstairs. “Gentlemen commanders” press hard and hide this information. They will continue to lie, assuring that they control the situation and smash the "Guderian's dog", even if the shock wedges of the Armed Forces of Ukraine break through the front. And they will hope for "maybe", feverishly looking for ways to cover their own asses with even more lies, hoping that in the general collapse of the defense it will no longer be up to them. And if they still bury these "mobiks" in the "cauldrons", then there will be no one to report on the true reasons for the defeat. No people - no problems!

We must be aware that the Americans, and hence the Ukrainians, are aware of these problems of ours, they know very well where our front is monolithic and impregnable, and where it is formidable only on maps and in reports, and in what place are these "amusing" shelves. Six months have passed since their formation, and they still stand as a “human shield”, and no one cares about their fate. Their hope is only in themselves and in the neighbors ahead, those who have been fighting here for a long time and share their reserves. But if the enemy reaches the second line, on which these units are located, then they will have a very difficult time.

In the comments, some of our readers condemn why these are the last ARTICLES the authors of these lines about the possible outcome of the counter-offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are filled with a sense of anxiety. This is also why.

The proposals for correcting the negative trend are as follows: to immediately create a State Defense Committee headed by the President, to centralize the system of military control as much as possible, taking into the hands of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation all these governor’s volunteer battalions and PMCs, who definitely will not bring the country to good, to recreate full-fledged Border Troops, but at the same time start the process of federalization of the country with a more equitable redistribution of taxes and the transfer of real powers in the socialeconomic sphere regions. Otherwise, excessive centralization can be used by "Western partners" for subsequent internal destabilization for the purpose of so-called decolonization.
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  1. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 24 May 2023 11: 59
    When all decisions are made by one person, the queue stretches for months and years, and often urgently is needed. But it is very dangerous to trust - the authorities are full of both traitors and saboteurs, and there is no one to carry out the purge. How do you clean yours???
  2. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 24 May 2023 12: 09
    Here it is already possible to plant an expert for discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, purely theoretically. If he does not have a roof at the top.

    After all, what is known from the media and the Ministry of Defense of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation? Complete victory.
    The enemy has more than 70 dead, we have announced 10 wounded. The entire DVG was destroyed in more than a day. Attacked on the 22nd, defeated on the 23rd

    Under NordOst, Heroes were given with much greater population losses, for example.
    1. Otto Davar Offline Otto Davar
      Otto Davar (Otto Davar) 24 May 2023 23: 56
      Have you seen them? They posted a few incomprehensible things, without faces and identification marks. So as not to be embarrassed later. Hurry up with the next slide.
    2. isofat Offline isofat
      isofat (isofat) 25 May 2023 00: 10
      Sergewho told you about our complete victory, the absence of which you use to kick our power? lol
  3. Serj Iff Offline Serj Iff
    Serj Iff (Serj Iff) 24 May 2023 12: 41
    Yes, the hedgehog is already clear: more people are needed to create border troops, to create fortified areas in the regions on the border, for the rotation, in the end, of units on the front. And how are we, by the way, with the reconstruction of the Moscow and Leningrad military districts? The authorities are embarrassed to mobilize, we are not at war. In general, behind this wording of the CBO, so much shit is hidden !!! But again they came up with a "brilliant" move - to recruit contractors, they launched an advertisement. Now we will lose a lot of time and it will turn out that the idea did not work out. Like: "Oh, this has never happened, and here it is again." To get started, just count how many of those who came to the selection points for officers. I think the picture will be sad.
    And what to do? Return generals and officers who know what a mobilization resource is, but were "optimized" by the Serdyukovs and Shoigs. Finally, to make military registration and enlistment offices work, to work personally with each serviceman in the reserve. Yes, this is a very large amount of work, and grandmothers for 20 rubles cannot cope with this. But this must be decided.
    I fully agree with Shurygin on the issue of providing troops on the second line of defense "formed" from the mobilized.
  4. calligrapher Lev_Nikolaevich (Dmitriy) 24 May 2023 12: 46
    Putin's quote refers to geographic "centralization" in Moscow, not political.
    The example of information about the real situation in the troops that allegedly does not reach the top cannot be cured by "maximum centralization" of the military command and control system. For the defect itself (if it exists) is built into this system, and its even greater "centralization" will only intensify.
    The whole lengthy text was written as if for the sake of the last thesis (hello Stirlitz) - decentralization in the socio-economic sphere in order to avoid violent "decolonization".
    The thesis is debatable, and in wartime conditions it frankly contradicts the conditions of victory.
    Because with the "transfer of real powers in the socio-economic sphere to the regions," the task of mobilizing people and resources for the needs of the Moscow Region becomes more complicated.
  5. prior Offline prior
    prior (Vlad) 24 May 2023 13: 01
    Indisputable truth: the first of the two well-known ills of Russia is incurable.
    However, the second is also a problem, but paid.
  6. Yuras Offline Yuras
    Yuras (Yuras) 24 May 2023 13: 23
    Very interesting, the main thing is that the article does not affect the morale of the soldiers.
  7. unc-2 Offline unc-2
    unc-2 (Nikolai Malyugin) 24 May 2023 13: 43
    Any unpunished border crossing is already an emergency. And it doesn't matter if one or more people crossed it. After that, heads flew. From the very beginning, Russia built itself according to the patterns of the United States. There are a lot of similarities with our specifics. Immeasurable centralization threatens not only the political, but also the economic security of our country. Today in the Constitutional Court.

    FAS announced a reduction in food prices for the current year

    What can you say? Territorial defense can and is needed. But it is necessary to bring the main troops closer. Stop sitting in the center. Any voluntary education needs support.
  8. Mikhail L. Offline Mikhail L.
    Mikhail L. 24 May 2023 14: 35
    See the root. (Kozma Rods)

    Interesting: believing that the root of evil is excessive centralization, the respected Author is not afraid of a repetition of the "Parade of Sovereignties"?
    The problem is the lack of weapons?
    In this case, the redistribution of bureaucratic powers is a departure from reality!
    The bottom line is the economic weakness of the Russian Federation!
  9. Siberian999 Offline Siberian999
    Siberian999 (Andrei) 24 May 2023 15: 48
    It is alarming that it is very similar to the first world war. That mess is known how it ended, but what will this one backfire on?
    1. Mikhail L. Offline Mikhail L.
      Mikhail L. 24 May 2023 16: 51
      Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Wagner mercenary group, has warned that the Russian Federation could face a revolution like the one in 1917 and lose the war in Ukraine if the elite does not fight the war seriously.
      “We are in such a state that we can fucking lose Russia - this is the main problem ... we need to introduce martial law.”
  10. Otto Davar Offline Otto Davar
    Otto Davar (Otto Davar) 24 May 2023 23: 41
    Who would have thought?

    Indeed, who? Thinking about the present is not the strongest feature of the Russian government. She is directed to the future, which does not come in any way. Although, as it were))) 30 years have already passed.
  11. Pembo Offline Pembo
    Pembo 25 May 2023 17: 19
    Sergei How will 200 thousand border troops be armed? If like an army, then just put an army there, at the same time everything will be under a single leadership. If not like an army, then it will be 200 thousand people capable of repelling small attacks. but powerless against powerful strike groups. There are not enough people in the army, and you offer a potential mobilization resource of 200 thousand to send to the troops in the event of serious hostilities of little use. Terodefence? Strongly against. What is the status of the teroboronist from the point of view of the enemy? Rus partisans to hang? You can only go for it out of desperation. Against serious troops, a man with a machine gun trained in haste is powerless. And the Armed Forces of Ukraine are more than serious troops. Zero benefits, only substitute people.
  12. Pembo Offline Pembo
    Pembo 28 May 2023 01: 12
    We don't have that

    people from the inner circle of President Putin are placed in key positions,

    that we have centralization, but because our president has been in power for a quarter of a century and is going to lead for another 12 years. Naturally all officials and a half of deputies of a thought are put by it. Naturally, they associate their future with him. We don't have that

    real political life is reduced to a minimum, local initiative, too,

    that we have centralization, but because there is no opposition either in the Duma or anywhere else. It's not that there is no opposition, but there is no more or less free press, servility is total. About zomboyaschik generally keep quiet. And this cannot be changed, because people have many difficult questions for the authorities, and the authorities do not have good answers to them. Democracy will not increase from decentralization. It's just that everything we see at the federal level, we will see at the regional level. And taking into account the difficult situation of the country, the strengthening of regional power is dangerous by the disintegration of the country. This is especially true of national republics. Imagine that the national head of the republic will appoint to all posts and positions on a national basis, and in Tatarstan you can even be the head of the housing office only if you are a Tatar. And if Russian, please work as a plumber. Even our imperturbable president became concerned about the danger of the country's disintegration and held a meeting in the North Caucasus on the subject of the country's unity.
  13. Flight Offline Flight
    Flight (voi) 28 May 2023 23: 39
    This belief in changing the sign! Will the first resident sign a paper on the creation of border troops, so what? Where will the border guards be taken? They also need to be prepared. In this situation, we have tank-dangerous directions, which must be neutralized. The fight against saboteurs, let them go, riot police with fellows and FSB special forces decide. It's not for them to bend their fingers at a rally. Somehow they worked in Chechnya.