Russian official oversees military construction push in far East

His visit comes as Russia overhauls and expands its military resources across its vast territory, including in the Far East region.

A senior Russian official inspected ongoing military construction projects in the Far East this week, emphasizing the need to upgrade facilities ahead of troops returning from deployment.

Andrei Belousov, Deputy Prime Minister in Russia’s government, travelled to Primorye Territory near the Pacific coast to visit the home camp of the 155th Marine Brigade. He toured building sites where new barracks, a canteen, training areas, equipment storage, and other infrastructure are being built or refurbished.

His visit comes as Russia overhauls and expands its military resources across its vast territory, including in the Far East region which has taken on increased strategic importance amid tensions with the West and efforts to bolster deterrence against NATO.

The 155th Marine Brigade is one of Russia’s elite naval infantry units based in Primorye, which borders the Sea of Japan. It is suspected to have seen deployments during the fighting in Ukraine over the past 16 months, though Moscow has not disclosed specifics on which of its forces have been committed to the invasion.

By demanding strict adherence to construction timelines, Belousov signalled that troops from the 155th Marines would soon cycle out of Ukraine or other operational areas and require modern, upgraded facilities upon their return to the Pacific base.

Russia has poured vast resources into rebuilding its military capabilities and force projection after years of underinvestment following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Kremlin has cited the need to counter what it calls aggression by NATO countries near its borders.

In addition to modernizing existing bases like that of the 155th Marines, Russia has reopened and rebuilt abandoned Soviet-era military infrastructure across its Arctic regions and Pacific islands as part of a strategic pullback from foreign commitments.

Moscow’s construction blitz aims to ensure it has troops properly housed, trained and equipped to rapidly deploy for any potential future conflict, particularly as its military remains bogged down in Ukraine with no end in sight.

While shoring up its conventional forces in the East, Russia is simultaneously investing heavily in nuclear capabilities, including the ramp-up of production for a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Belousov’s on-site inspection of the Primorye construction highlighted the urgency Moscow has placed on military refurbishment projects across its sprawling territory during an exceptionally turbulent period in global affairs.