The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) claims that it has a plan to pay all of its soldiers in the event full-scale war breaks out. According to a report from the TV and Radio Company of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (ZVEZDA), the Ministry of Defense began exploring plans to pay its troops in 2013. The new scheme was tested in subsequent years, and was fully approved in 2016.
The new scheme has the MoD working hand-in-hand with both the Russian Federal Treasury and the Bank of Russia’s department of field institutions to satisfy all of the MoD’s financial requirements. The plan not only takes into account securing the necessary funding but also provides a strategy to bring cash services to troops in the field, according to ZVEZDA.
Although it works great on paper, Russian MoD officials claim they have tested the plan for real at least twice during military exercises. The first time was in August 2016 during a training exercise in the Southern Military District. The second was earlier this year during Vostok-2018, which according to a report from The Guardian, was the country’s largest post-Soviet era military exercise to date. The training took place in mid-September and involved a reported “297,000 service personnel, more than 1,000 aircraft, 36,000 tanks and other vehicles, plus 80 warships;” although a report from the Washington Post indicates that the exact size of the Russian force might have been considerably smaller.
Not only is the Russian military prepared to pay its Soldiers, but it also plans on giving them a raise. According to a report from Russia Today, the MoD plans on increasing troop salaries by four percent.
“The monetary allowance for military personnel and pensions for military pensioners will be indexed from January 1, 2018, from October 1, 2019, and from October 1, 2020, by 4% each time,” said Tatyana Shevtsova, who serves as Deputy Defense Minister according to Russia Today.
While an all-out war involving Russia doesn’t appear to be imminent, the country will again get to test its financial payment system this month during an exercise in Pakistan. According to a report from the Economic Times, Russian Army Soldiers arrived in Pakistan on Monday for a joint training exercise that will last approximately two weeks. This will be the third joint-training event since the Russia and Pakistan leaders signed a “bilateral training cooperation agreement.”
“Russian Army Contingent arrived in Pakistan to participate in the Pak-Russia Joint Training Exercise ‘Druzhba-III’,” said the Pakistan Army’s public relations office in a statement.