The *Admiral Kuznetsov* is supposed to return to the sea this year. The Russian fleet’s only aircraft carrier, which entered service in the 1990s, is expected to soon come out of the shipyards in Murmansk.
In what condition? “Russian combat ships do not need escort,” Moscow replied through gritted teeth.
Since then, the Russian fleet has not shone. This autumn, the return of the *Krasnodar* submarine to its home port was followed by all European navies and raised many questions about the state of exhaustion of the Russian navy.