in Russian see at http://www.yabloko.ru/Persons/arbat.html
Arbatov: 'Any Use of Force Creates Problems.'
Interview with Alexei Arbatov, Head of the Russian Academy of Sciences Center for International Security, by Yuliya Petrovskaya, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, September 27, 2004
...international terrorism "is the number one threat for Russia. But
the whole problem is that our Army and Navy take only minimal responsibility
for this threat.
...Israel,.. France, Britain, and Germany have great experience in combating terrorism. We should cooperate with
these countries first."
Arbatov questions sense in Putin's reform plans
Ekho Moskvi radio station, September 16, 2004
Arbatov criticized the increased centralization of power at the expense
of other branches of government. He said that Russia had been following
"this path for the last four years and the terrorism situation has
been getting worse and worse and worse". Arbatov said that Russia
should go in the other direction and increase control over security structures.
Can Be No Good and Bad Guys Among Terrorists
Interview with Alexei Arbatov by Tamara Zamyatina, Echo Planeti, No 14, 2004
In general, and I am stressing it once again, Israel was right to liquidate
Ahmed Yasin. My only criticism is that they should have done this much
Sees Risk of Terror
The Associated Press, February 4, 2004
A prominent Russian liberal politician said Tuesday that
powder found in the U.S. Senate that appears to be the deadly poison ricin
was a grim reminder of the lurking danger of terrorists getting hold of
weapons of mass destruction.
gloomy lawmakers admit decade of Kremlin domination
AFP, December 3, 2003
Arbatov said he had few doubts that Putin's aides were orchestrating
election's results and brushed aside suggestions that Russia has made
progress toward a Western-style democracy since the Soviet Union's collapse
Defence Minister Surrounded by Generals
Interview with Alexei Arbatov, Deputy Chairman of the Defence Committee of the State Duma by Irina Gordyenko, Novaya Gazeta, October 20, 2003
Nobody needs such a huge army in peace time. The US Army is 1.3 million
men strong, and that is too much for the Americans, even though their
economy is ten times the size of Russia's economy
and military budget is twenty times that of Russia's
Until the Election the Duma Will Not Allow the Next Generation to Get into
Novaya Gazeta, October 13, 2003
Alexei Arbatov: The General Staff has drawn the following conclusion: the deferral of
military service should be abolished to ensure that everyone is recruited
to the army.
Arbatov: General Staff prepares for a yesterday's war
Press release, October 3, 2003
"Here we have to listen to what we already heard ten or twenty
years ago. Even though the main enemy is not named, it is obvious
that the USA and NATO are still considered the main enemies."
Party Vice Chairman Alexei Arbatov: General Staff Preparing for Global
Rosbalt, October 3, 2003
said that it was evident from the statements that as in the past the US
and NATO are considered to represent the main threat to Russia.
War Is Not Enough
By Alexei Nikolsky, Vedomosti, October 3, 2003
Alexei Arbatov (Yabloko), deputy chairman of the Duma Defense Committee, says this document is far
too controversial to be regarded as a military doctrine.
Arbatov: the military budget of the country should be bigger and made
Press release, September 10,
"...It is impossible to conduct serious discussions of the
military reforms in the present conditions, when 90% of the information
on our military policy is made secret."
By Natalia Rozhkova, Vremya Novostei, June 23, 2003
thinks it is possible to combine conscription with contractors for only
one or two years while the reform is being carried out.
Nuclear Bomb in Stars and Stripes. Deputies Ordered to reduce
Interview with Alexei Arbatov by Marina Ozerova, Moskovskiy Komsomolets, May 15, 2003
Yesterday the State Duma ratified the Treaty on
the Reduction of Offensive Potential, which was signed a year ago
by Presidents Putin and Bush.
DEPUTY LINKS RATIFICATION OF MOSCOW TREATY TO IRAQ SETTLEMENT
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, April 23, 2003
Arbatov noted that the conflict over Iraq "has exposed differences
in the two countries' approaches to solving key problems of international
security and stability."
reexamining its military
By David Filipov, Boston Globe, May 9, 2003
... the generals have resisted rapid change, and the
Russian Army today is merely a stripped down, impoverished
version of what it has been for decades -- a massive,
unwieldy conscript force built for 20th century battles
on the plains of Europe, with too many generals and
not enough battle-ready troops.
a Single Umbrella
By Alexei Arbatov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, April 7, 2003
The unfolding drama of the war in Iraq has pushed less sensational
problems to the background, even though these problems may be extremely
important in the long term.
Arbatov: "Election at war time is nonsense."
By Natalya Gorodetskaya, Politburo, March 31, 2003
voting won't provide an answer as to whether there is a state
of emergency in Chechnya today or not; whether you can stop anyone
at a control post, asking for bribes or not; whether you can arrest
people without the authorization of a public prosecutor or not,
etc: This means that the referendum has not resolved the conflict
- and there has been a conflict - between the military and the
Arbatov: United States Will Ask Russia, Europe and the UN for
Interview with Alexei Arbatov, Vremya Novostei, March 20, 2003
It's too late to change anything now. We should
have understood last autumn that Saddam Hussein's regime would
not survive, and started looking for other solutions to the problem
of weapons of mass destruction and replacing the regime, without
Develops in Russian Policy towards Iraq Crisis
By Igor Torbakov, eurasianet.org, March 18, 2003
most in Moscow believe that a war with Iraq will seriously damage
Russian interests, a split is developing over how Russia should
respond to the imminent outbreak of war. One side appears ready
to continue opposition to US military action, while the other says
that Russia ought to embrace a realpolitik approach, and cooperate
with the inevitable.
Iraqi Crisis: the Moment of Truth.
By Alexei Arbatov, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, No. 40, March 1, 2003
The situation around Iraq has entered a final pre-war stage.
For the whole world, the moment of truth is at hand. The outcome
of the crisis is set to determine both regional and global politics
for years to come, with repercussions ranging from relationships
among the leading powers to the prospects of global law and order,
to the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and fighting
The Expenditures Are Typical
of War Rather Than an "Operation"
Interview with Alexei Arbatov by Irina Gordiyenko
Novaya Gazeta, November 18, 2002
Alexei Arbatov, member of the State Duma commission
for reviewing federal budget expenditures allotted to defence
and security issues of the Russian Federation, told us about the
specifics of the formation of the "budget of war".
Alexei Arbatov: What Should We
Do About Chechnya?
Interview with Alexei Arbatov by Mikhail Falaleev
Komsomolskaya Pravda, November 9, 2002
We need to review
the course of action we have pursued in Chechnya over the past
three years - the military, economic, and political aspects. Look,
even the Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov recently referred to events
in Chechnya as "a war" - previously, the official term was "counter-terrorist
operation". This indicates that events are getting out of control.
War against Terrorism and the Transformation of the World Order,
By Alexei G. Arbatov, CEPS Commentary, November 2001
...two months later after the "Black September",
the weaknesses of the coalition and deficiencies of
the operation are becoming more and more evident,
as well as the confusion and inconsistency of the
United States and other major players in adopting
a new security strategy and still less in implementing
G. Arbatov, The Transformation of Russian Military Doctrine:
Lessons Learned from Kosovo and Chechnya , The Marshall
Center Papers, No. 2
The George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
takes great pride in presenting this second edition of the Marshall
Center Papers. Dr. Alexei G. Arbatov's paper, "The Transformation
of Russian Military Doctrine: Lessons Learned from Kosovo and
Chechnya," continues our tradition of publishing monographs
that are current and challenging, even when they may prove controversial.
This series has been specifically created to disseminate scholarly
monographs that explore and influence the resolution of Atlantic-European-Eurasian
security issues. Dr. Arbatov's paper provides an authoritative
analysis of national security thinking in Moscow, as well as
some pointed suggestions on how to improve relations between
Russia and the West.
of Alexei G. Arbatov, Deputy Chair, Defense Committee, State
Duma of Russian Federation, Carnegie Moscow Center-sponsored
seminar on START-ABM Treaties, 24 May 2000
Russia, as you are aware, ratified START II and the New York
documents last April. The United States ratified the START II
Treaty in 1996. Now we find ourselves in a quite strange situation.
Both the United States and Russia ratified START II, but they
ratified absolutely different treaties
War for Three
The decision of the Yugoslavian parliament to join the union
of Russia and Belarus presented another puzzle to the international
community. What kind of move was this?
to be first, Obschaya Gazeta, June 17-23, 1999
After the recent adoption of the UN Security Council resolution
on dispatching peacemaking forces to Kosovo, NATO had to conduct
negotiations with the Russian Federation on the composition,
functions, sectors under control, co-operation and financing
of the contingents they send.
David Johnson talks with Alexei Arbatov, member of the Russian
Parliament, for "Russia's Nuclear Crisis", January 11, 1999
So to summarize, I am extremely concerned about the way the
relationship between Russia and the United States is going forward.
And on top of that, both inside the United States and inside
Russia, there is a quickly shrinking constituency for our cooperation
and improvement of our relationship. And the political groups
which are very hostile to another country are gaining momentum.
Arbatov, "The Russian Military in the 21st Century", Pennsylvania,