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Bad design plus evaporation of repair infrastructure makes Putins biggest toy doomed for the knackers yard, where there is a long line ahead of it as surplus Soviet Navy can only serve as scrap to be sold to their new Chinese masters Russian industry is gone.

Their best and brightest left for parts west when the wall came down. Example, there are probably more Soviet physicists in Israel than in Russia.

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The Russian navy plans to dry-dock its only aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in 2020 and conduct extensive repairs on the aging, unreliable vessel.

The plan makes a perverse kind of sense from Moscow’s point of view. But it’s still a bad idea, two experts explained in Proceedings, the professional journal of the U.S. Naval Institute.

“As Russia’s only aircraft carrier and its flagship, the Kuznetsov’s main mission is projecting national prestige,” wrote Richard Moss and Ryan Vest, both instructors at the U.S. Naval War College. “From that perspective, Russia must overhaul her and get her back into service as quickly as possible.”

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