They need to increase pay though, enticing people to serve will not work on the basis of better conditions/patriotism alone. Money will filter back into economy better than it ending up in Generals pockets anyways...
If I am not mistaken, in 2012 officer and sargeant salaries are planned to increase significantly. This was also mentioned by twower himself, I believe. Hope it happens, surely the number of people wanting to serve will increase.
I would like to take a moment to remember the life and heroism of Lt Col Mark Yevtyukhin.
On this day in 2000 he was among 84 Russian Airborne soldiers killed on hill 776 in the Battle of Ulus Kert. His actions decimated a large body of al-Qaeda fighters, perhaps up to a thousand killed, under Saudi Jihadist warlord Ibn Al-Khattab. The Islamists were attempting to flee to the Pankisi Gorge in Georgia. Several key Jihadists had previously been based in, or traversed through, the Pankisi Gorge, including Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Lt Col Yevtyukhin was a skillful and experienced commander, having served in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and the collapse of Yugoslavia.
Today my thoughts reflect upon his life and heroism, his family, and those his soldiers.
Ka-60 has not been accepted into service. There is nothing "reserved" about it. The nickname is just a bit of meaningless Kamov marketing, sort of like White Swan for Tu-160 or Night Hunter for Mi-28N.
Kasatka for Borei is official. It is listed in START data exchanges between Russia and US. Although, "official" is a relative term in Russia. There are many official designations which are fake. I will explain why.
In the 60's and 70's before the era of arms control agreements, Russia was very secretive about designations for its weapons. Even names of weapons were top secret and there were several layers of secrecy, one layer known to the designers, one layer to the manufacturing industry, etc. All layers had their own designations and all of them were secret.
When US and Russia were negotiating the SALT agreement, US insisted that the Russians provide some sort of designation for their strategic systems, e.g. missiles, submarines, bombers, etc.
But Soviet Union didn't want to divulge their secret designations (because it would tell American intelligence too much about their military-industrial complex), so they invented a completely new system of designations, specifically for international treaties. The system was fake, bogus, completely unrelated to the others.
Because USSR didnt want to divulge the actual Project numbers of their ballistic missile submarines, they invented fake classes like Murena, Kalmar, Delfin (projects 667BD, 667BDR, 667BDRM) for their submarines. Kasatka is another such fake name. Although Russia no longer needs to hide true designations (in most cases, some are still truly secret even today), they still do it for the sake of tradition.
The whole thing was even more complicated when it came to stuff like missiles. The missile known in the West as SS-N-23 was known officially in Russia as R-29RM (designer's name), as 4K75RM (GRAU index for industrial production), and as RSM-54 (international treaty name). All three of the designations were top secret, although different levels of secrecy.