According to the “recommendation” of the Russian government, children of Russian state officials and government workers, studying abroad, should be returned to the motherland immediately.
Russian government workers and state officials were told to bring back their children, studying abroad, immediately, the Znak information website reported on Tuesday, citing five administration officials. According to the piece, Russian officials should not wait until the end of the school year and re-enroll their children in Russian schools, as well as parents of these same officials, living abroad “for some reason” and having Russian citizenship, should also be returned to the motherland.
As the website noted, the “recommendation” applies to all: employees of public corporations, lawmakers of all levels, regional administrators and the state administration staff. According to one of the Znak’s sources, if recommendation is not fulfilled, this will be a “complicating factor in the furtherance of their public sector career.” The source also added that he was aware of several such cases in recent months.
It seems that the main reason for such a decision is the fact that Russian government does not like that children of the Russian political elite, which appears on television, talking about patriotism and being “surrounded by enemies,” are studying abroad.
According to another expert, political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky, such a move may mean preparation of the elites “for some ‘big war’ even if it is rather conditional,” as well as it may be “another blow to the unity of President Putin with his own elite.”
Ultimately, the motivation behind the decision is unclear. Nonetheless, it’s clear that the decision is linked with the ongoing diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West and the widely expected further escalation of tensions.