Military expenditures as a share of government expenditure reached 15.9 % in 2015 in Russia, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 2.02 % more than in the previous year.
Historically, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Russia reached an all time high of 35.2 % in 1995 and an all time low of 11.7 % in 1998. When compared to Russia's main peers, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in China amounted to 6.09 %, 2.69 % in Germany, 2.62 % in Japan and 9.35 % in USA in 2015.
Russia has been ranked 11th within the group of 149 countries we follow in terms of military expenditures as a share of government expenditure, 4 places behind the position seen 10 years ago.
Military expenditure is derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditure on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces, defence ministries and other government agencies engaged in defence projects, paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations, and military space activities.