Can Russia Afford The War?

Barry Gander
6 min readFeb 1

Can Russia afford the war in Ukraine?

Short answer: Yes, it can afford the war — but cannot afford peace at the same time. Putin cannot prop up both the military and civilian economies together.

The cost to Russia of the support for the military can be understood if we compare this war with a known baseline. The current Russian effort is its largest war-time mobilization since the Soviet…

Barry Gander

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