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ВАЖ 2019 2(22) [EN]




Danilenko Ignat Semenovich

Military University of the Russian Federation, Defense Ministry (Moscow)

“Strategy is a Science of a Purely Practical Goal...”: the Professor of Strategy of the Imperial Military Academy, General of Artillery N.V. Medem’s Creative Legacy

The article deals with the becoming and scientific activity of the Russian military scientist N.V. Medem. It is emphasized that with a wide range of military-scientific creativity the most significant contribution of him was made to the strategy theory which at that time was considered as a science of war and included not yet separately isolated philosophical, political, psychological, sociological and economic problems of preparation and conduct of military operations. The ways of independent development of the science of war as a special period in the life of the state and its people, a period of complex internal or international struggle, the result of which depends on their historical destiny in relation to the interests and conditions of Russia are shown in the article.

Keywords: military thought; military science; theory of war; armed struggle; military art; strategy; G. Zhomini; K. Clausewitz; Imperial Military Academy.



Savinkin Alexander Evgenievich

Military University of the Russian Federation, Defense Ministry (Moscow)

Russia’s Science to Win: Syrian Settlement Lessons

This information-analytical feature article by the editor of the Russian Military Collection A. E. Savinkin represents the main ideas of Russian Science of Victory in connection with the new achievements, challenges and problems of the Syrian company. The essay is the result of the scientific analysis of the materials on the topic supported by expert commentaries, actual ideological heritage of Russian military classics, thoughts of Russian leaders on the course and results of wars. Special attention is paid to the explanation of the complex approach to the Syrian crisis regulation, peacebuilding politics of the Russian leaders in the Syrian war. The necessity of the usage of the Syrian settlement model for other international crises, reduction of adversarial relationship between the West and Russia is proved. The perspectives of the further development of the Syrian situation are expressed. The military lessons of the Syrian settlement, the newest achievements of the Russian military strategy are detailed. The importance of the Syrian experience for the Russian Federation Armed Forces development is shown.

Keywords: the Middle East; Syria; Russian Armed Forces; war; armed conflict; terrorism; military operation; Syrian settlement; Idlib zone; military strategic concepts; complex approach; integral strategy; Syrian experience; military classics; Science to win.



Filippovykh Dmitry Nikolaevich

Military University of the Russian Federation, Defense Ministry (Moscow)

The Belarusian Strategic Offensive Operation – the Main Event of 1944 (Based on the Materials of the Fundamental Multi-volume Scientific Work “The Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945”)

The article provides a brief overview of the materials on the Belarusian strategic offensive operation «Bagration», which are published in the fundamental multi-volume work «The Great Patriotic war of 1941-1945». The author's judgments and estimates given in the article organically supplement the materials of the fundamental work, enable a wide range of readers to imagine more fully the historical significance of one of the largest military operations in the history of mankind.

Keywords: The Great Patriotic War; fundamental work; Red Army; Rate; operation "Bagration"; front; offensive; Belarus; release; Wehrmacht; defeat.


Ilievsky Nikolay Vyacheslavovich

Military University of the Russian Federation, Defense Ministry (Moscow)

“Flesh and Blood of Time”: the “Bagration” Strategic Operation in Special Collections of Archival Documents

The article contains a brief overview of the documents devoted to the Belarusian strategic offensive operation "Bagration", which are published in the collections "Documents and materials" - an Appendix to the fundamental 12-volume work "The Great Patriotic war of 1941-1945". The author's judgments and assessments given in the article reveal the origin and content of the documents, develop the problems of operation Bagration, enable a wide range of readers to get acquainted with some issues of its preparation, conduct, results and significance.

Keywords: The Great Patriotic War; archival documents; Red Army; Supreme Command Headquarters; strategic offensive operation "Bagration"; the liberation of Belarus; front command; guerrilla movement.


Rubtsov Yuriy Viсtorovich

Military University of the Russian Federation, Defense Ministry (Moscow)

“We’ll Hoist the Banner on Sapun-Mountain”: Political Bodies’ Main Fields of Activities in the Crimean Strategic Offensive Operation

The article exposes some aspects of the party-political work in the troops of the 4th Ukrainian Front and the Separate Maritime army during the Crimea liberation in the spring of 1944. It is based on the recently published documents of the Central Archive of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense and the memories. The author considers that the experience of the political workers of the Great Patriotic War period, including the one got in the course of the preparation and execution of the Crimean offensive operation, has the instructive character, gives certain recommendations for practical use of the experience by the military-political workers of the Russian Federation Armed Forces in their further practical work.

Keywords: The Great Patriotic War; Crimean offensive operation; 4th Ukrainian Front; Separate Maritime Army; political agencies; party political work; experience; the communists; komsomol asset; personal example; informational confrontation; special propaganda.




Sakun Sergey Alexandrovich

Chertopolokh Alexandr Alekseevich

Military University of the Russian Federation, Defense Ministry (Moscow)

Higher Military-Political School’s Evolution in the Postwar Period (1945-1991)

The article examines the main stages and peculiarities of the Military-political Academy n.a. V.I.Lenin development, as well as the teaching-guiding and party-political activity of the field-oriented academic department of the party-political work and the bases of military training of the Soviet Armed Forces in the post-war years. The role of the academy teaching staff and the leading academic department in the high quality political workers training for the Soviet Armed Forces and the Navy is shown. Basing on the analysis of the didactic materials, the content, forms and methods of education of the academy military-political specialty attendees, the contributions of the leading scientists to the development of the theoretical fundamentals of the party-political work as the special discipline of the Military-political Academy n.a. V.I.Lenin are exposed.

Keywords: armed forces; army; fleet; party political work; military education; political workers; personnel training; Military Political Academy; lecturing desk; teachers; listeners; academic disciplines; military education.


Klevtsevich Pavel Vladimirovich

Military University of the Russian Federation, Defense Ministry (Moscow)

Military-Political Aspects of Cooperation Between the USSR and Yugoslavia in the Initial Period of the Cold War in 1946-1953

The article analyzes the problems of military-political interaction between the USSR and Yugoslavia in the initial period of the cold war. The factors that determined the nature of this interaction, their influence on the development of military-political relations of States are revealed. The analysis of the problems of military-political interaction between the USSR and Yugoslavia allowed to justify the lessons for the establishment of close military-political and state relations between the countries, as well as to show their importance for building a geopolitical strategy of modern Russia in the Balkans and with the countries of the post-Soviet space.

Keywords: Yugoslavia; the USSR; USA; cold war; military-political cooperation; military-political relations; balance of power; compromises; military-political blocs.


Domnin Artem Igorevich

Military University of the Russian Federation, Defense Ministry (Moscow)

“Spirit and Body Developing for the Sake of Fatherland”: the Fundamentals of Upbringing as Exemplified by Youth Military-Patriotic Organizations of the Russian Diaspora

The article dwells on the heritage of the Russian emigration military-patriotic youth organizations. The ideological basis, values and tasks system of National organizations of “vitiazy”, Russian scouts, the musketeer alliances and Socol movemens in 1920-1980 are discerned. Their institutional structure, hierarchical grades and categories, principles of young people enrolment are shown. The main methods and forms of activities of émigré youth organizations are disclosed. Special attention is paid to the system of young people military training.

Keywords: Russian émigré community, youth organizations, vitiazy, intelligence man, scouts, Sokol movement, the musketeer alliance, patriotic education, military training.



Suryaev Valery Nikolaevich

Research Institute of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk)

Serving as an Epitome of Courage and Valour (on the Moral-Fighting Qualities of Russia’s Army Officers During the First World War)

The article is devoted to the moral and combat qualities of the Russian Army in the Great War of 1914-1918. Basing on the analysis of the archival and other sources the author shows that the officers mostly had qualities essential for carrying out duty in the combat conditions. There are examples of heroic behavior of the officers on the battlefield. The author concludes that it is necessary to strengthen the spiritual liaison between the modern military men and the previous generations of the Fatherland defenders in the name of spiritual duty fulfillment and strengthening of the moral-combat potential of the Russian Federation Armed Forces.

Keywords: World War I; fighting; losses; officers; moral and fighting qualities; military duty; heroic behavior; bravery; personal example; self-sacrifice.


Miftakhov Ildar Zufarovich

Kazan law Institute (Kazan)

Galliamova Zemfira Vilenovna

Kazan (Volga region) Federal University (Kazan)

Nabiev Rustam Fanisovich

Kazan law Institute (Kazan)

The Confrontation of Propagandists in the Battle of Stalingrad

The years that have passed since the “Perestroika” have practically deprived the Russian army of such powerful weapons as Party political work. The experience of the Great Patriotic War shows that its impact is quite comparable with the use of weapons of mass destruction. The experience of the Great Patriotic War shows that its impact is quite comparable with the use of weapons of mass destruction. Skillfully organized propaganda work was one of the decisive factors of the victory in the Battle of Stalingrad. The article is devoted to the activities of the Political Directorate of the Red Army: special propaganda and its features, manifested during the Battle of Stalingrad. The authors identified a number of patterns in the development of propaganda directed at the enemy soldiers. The main feature was the departure from the ideologized patterns in the special propaganda and agitation towards the psychological impact on the enemy troops. The experience gained on the fronts of the Great Patriotic War allows it to be widely used in modern hybrid wars.

Keywords: Battle of Stalingrad; the USSR; the Red Army; fascist Germany; Wehrmacht; the Nazis; anti-fascists; collaborators; counter-propaganda; special propaganda; forms; methods; true; aggressiveness; cruelty; fear; victims.


Kochadze Dmitry Vladimirovich

Kemerovo State University (Kemerovo)

Frontline Troops Command and Control (Based on the Experience of the Great Patriotic War)

The article deals with the features of the system of troops (front-army) control during the great Patriotic war. The main attention is focused on the disclosure of the activities of management bodies, control points, communication systems and other elements included in the management system.

Keywords: The Great Patriotic War; troops; front, army; field management; commanding; headquarters; control points; means of communication; strategic operation.


Polovetsky Sergey Dmitrievich

Military University of the Russian Federation, Defense Ministry (Moscow)

Markova Ekaterina Aleksandrovna

Moscow Region State University (Moscow)

Moscow in Disguise: Measures to Camouflage the Capital From Enemy Air Raids at the Beginning of the Great Patriotic War

The article is devoted to the disguising works of the Moscow Kremlin at the beginning of the Great Patriotic war. The article emphasizes the expediency of masking and considers the main options for the protection of the Kremlin, analyzes the activities of the NKVD to ensure the security of the Moscow Kremlin. In research were used the principles of historicism and systemic character, as well as general scientific methods such as historical and logical. The theoretical importance of the article is analysis of archival documents and monograph on the system of protection of the Kremlin of the age of the Great Patriotic War.

Keywords: the Great Patriotic War; Moscow; Kremlin; Mausoleum; enemy aircraft; bombardment; NKVD; engineers; disguise.



Koltsova Natalia Valerievna

Military University of the Russian Federation, Defense Ministry (Moscow)

The Challenge of Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Context of Modern Armed Conflicts in the Middle East

The article discloses the problem of safekeeping and international legal protection of the cultural heritage in the conditions of the Middle Eastern region armed conflicts. Special attention is paid to the reasons and consequences of the cultural values destruction in Syria by the ISIL elements. Basing on the different sources and literature analysis the author estimates the modern cultural heritage conditions in the region. The way, methods and means of the cultural heritage objects preservation in the combat actions zone are discerned. The author concludes that in the conditions of modern combat conflicts including the Syrian one it is necessary to work out new mechanisms and tools of cultural and historical heritage protection, expand the aspects of work of the international institutes and structures taking into consideration the particularities of the religious-extremist factor.

Keywords: Near East; Syria; armed conflict; ISIS; UNESCO; cultural heritage; cultural values; cultural objects; destruction; international legal protection.




Kandybko Natalia Viktorovna

Kurmanov Askar Temerzhanovich

Military University of the Russian Federation, Defense Ministry (Moscow)

The Main Directions and Mechanisms of Research Cooperation Among Universities and Organizations of Russia’s Military-Industrial Complex

The article dwells on the importance of the scientific-research activity development for the country defensive capacity strengthening. The current practice of the Russian Universities and defensive industry complex enterprises co-operation during the science researches is considered. The main models of the partners interaction control organizational structure are shown. The development directions recommendations for such co-operation are offered.

Keywords: defense industry complex; Scientific research; universities; communications; interaction; project.


Kozin Mikhail Nikolaevich

Research Institute of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia (Moscow)

Golovetsky Bogdan Nikolaevich

Military University of the Russian Federation, Defense Ministry (Moscow)

Today’s Vector of Production Innovative Development and Military Technology: Conditions and Factors of Intensification in Terms of Import Substitution

The article discloses the conditions and factors of innovative development of production and technologies for military usage. It is stated that the import-substituting economy development models lead to self-imposed isolation from the world innovations and increase the possibility of technological backwardness from more developed countries, enhance the capital-output ratio and resource intensiveness of innovative productions and possibility of lowering the competitive ability of the manufactured innovative products because of zero demand at foreign markets. It is shown that growth of innovation activity and intensive innovation diffusion must firstly take place at the defense sector enterprises that ensure the adequate national security level.

Keywords: innovation; military technology; import substitution; optimization; probability; factor; criterion.


Khakhalev Vladimir Yuryevich

Military University of the Russian Federation, Defense Ministry (Moscow)

Trends, Problems and Factors for Innovation Activities Intensification of the Defense Industry of the Russian Federation

The article dwells on the innovation activity growth at the military industry complex that is the main economy development and structural transformation inducement at the present-day Russia. It is shown that the production of goods of military and the so-called double purpose makes provision of pieces of armament not only for the Armed Forces but as well for other countries. The transformations taking place in the world have a significant impact on the Russian MIC. The tendencies and the main factors that support the solution of the tasks assigned by the country political leaders and necessary for innovative development stability achievement in the short and longer term are discussed.

Keywords: innovative development; innovation activity; trends; factors; defense industry complex; defense enterprises; products; export; weapons; government order.



Avuza Alexey Anatolyevich

Military University of the Russian Federation, Defense Ministry (Moscow)

Improving the Quality of Training of Students and Cadets on the Basis of the Introduction of Innovative Information and Didactic Technologies (Based on the Results of a Pedagogical Experiment)

The article depicts the pedagogical experiment “Training refinement of the Military University attendees and cadets basing on the innovative information-didactical technologies realization”. The aim, tasks, object, hypothesis of the investigation, as well as the experiment procedures are given in the article. There are represented its results that helped to formulate the attendees and cadets professional education optimization recommendations for using different pedagogical approaches and information-didactical technologies.

Keywords: pedagogical experiment, educational process, educational program, optimization, attendee, military student, professional training, informational technologies, electronic educational complex, intellectual educational system.


Bichenok Lyudmila Pavlovna

Military educational and scientific center of Ground forces «Combined arms Academy of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation» (Moscow)

Test Methods of Control as an Effective Form of Training and Diagnostics of Development of Professional Speech Competence of Foreign Military Personnel

The article offers the results of the research “Text as an educational and control mean at the Russian language lesson with foreign military men” that have been used in the author’s study guide. The norm-referenced system of standardized tests of the “Russian Language” introductory-grammatical course and formative-controlling tests of the Russian language prepositional-nominal system are represented. These tests, according to the author, help to apprise the academic and professional knowledge of students as relating to the full range of speech and language material. There are arguments for tests as an effective education and foreign servicemen professional speech competence control form.

Keywords: foreign military personnel; Russian language; communication; speech; training; technique; military science text; test; testing; control; professional competence.


Solonina Svetlana Nikolaevna

Military University of the Russian Federation, Defense Ministry (Moscow)

On the Need to Improve the Legal Regulation of the Interaction of Military-Political and Church Structures for Spiritual Support and Education of Military Personnel

The article dwells on activity of the assistant commanding officer for coordination with the faithful servicemen in time of peace and war. The organizational problems of effective co-operation of command and control organizations with church for development of methods and forms of personnel management, according to the author, claim special attention. The necessity of army chaplains legal status regulation that would take into account the Russian Federation military-political organs activity aspects is proved.

Keywords: church, religious belief, moral and spiritual values, moral duty, ethical choice, combat conditions, military clergy, executive officer, faithful servicemen, military-political work, legal regulation.



Mishanov Stanislav Anatolevich

Military University of the Russian Federation, Defense Ministry (Moscow)

Current State and Relevant Challenges of the Bundeswehr (Based on Foreign Sources)

The article is based on the annual report of the authorized for the Bundeswehr servicemen affairs. The summative assessment of the German Federal Republic Armed Forces is given. The questions of funding, armament, personnel policy and people management are enlightened. Special attention is paid to the problems of the German Armed Forces.

Keywords: Ministry of Defense of Germany; Bundeswehr; weapons; personnel; serviceman; internal management; interpersonal communication; problems.


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