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Putin taps economist Andrei Belousov to lead defense ministry in wartime

Vladimir Putin’s surprise selection of Andrei Belousov, an economist, as defense minister is the clearest sign yet that Russia has put its economy on a war footing and that the fate of Russian forces in Ukraine is heavily dependent on winning the arms manufacturing race with the West.

“Belousov’s appointment is, in part, a recognition of the central role of war in the economy and the central role of the economy in war,” said Sam Greene, professor of Russian politics at King’s College London.

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