January 1, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
MOSCOW, Russia – A decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin meant that as the clock ticked over to January 1, the size of the Russian military decreased by around 300 personnel.
“The size of the Russian Armed Forces should stand at 1,902,758 personnel, including 1,013,628 military servicemen,” the decree reads.
According to the last decree signed on March 29 of last year, the size of the Russian Armed Forces was increased to 1,903,051 personnel, but with the new decree that came into effect on January 1, it reduced the size by 293 personnel.
The Russian Defense Ministry’s civilian staff, including cooks, drivers, psychologists and doctors, constitutes about 40% of the Armed Forces personnel.