High-level Russian officials have been told that their children studying abroad must return home as a standoff between Moscow and the West deepens.
Administration staff, lawmakers and employees of public corporations have also been told any other relatives they have living overseas must return to the "motherland", sources told the Russian news outlet Znak.com. Political scientist Stanislav Belkovsky said the order would be a blow to the elite as many of them have children who are educated abroad.
"It is all part of a packet of measures to prepare the elite for some kind of 'big war', even if the order is rather arbitrary," he said according to Znak.com...
Relations between Moscow and the West have slumped even further after Russia cancelled a nuclear disarmament pact with the US, and a meeting Putin was supposed to have the French leader Francois Hollande in Paris was cancelled.
On Wednesday (13 October), Russia's military tested a nuclear-capable rocket from its submarine in the Sea of Okhotsk, near Japan. Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported a Topol missile was shot from a submarine in the Barents Sea and a third was also launched inland.
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