Russia has issued an order to all its officials to fly home any family members who are living abroad, it has been reported.
Politicians and other official figures have, allegedly, received a warning from Vladimir Putin ordering them to bring their relatives home.
Russian news website ZNAK broke the news yesterday that Putin was asking that all family members studying abroad as well as older relatives who may be living outside of Russia should return.
This is the latest in a recent spate of worrying behaviours from the Russian president.
He recently cancelled a visit to France after a ‘furious row’ regarding Moscow’s role in the Syrian conflict; he’s also been carrying out nuclear attack drills, which led many to speculate he’s planning a war.
This new directive applies to administrative staff, lawmakers, regional administrators and all employees of public corporations. The reason is, as yet, unclear.
However, failure to follow the order will put officials at risk of losing their chances of promotion.
Russian political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky told ZNAK: “This is all part of the package of measure to prepare elites for some ‘big war’.”