Putin Orders All Russian Officials To Bring Family Members Living Abroad Back Home

While the attention of America has been fixed on the presidential election, relations between Russia and the US have deteriorated to the point that foreign policy experts are now talking about open conflict between the two countries. Vladimir Putin has made several startlingly bellicose moves in recent weeks and President Obama is promising retaliation for Russian hacks of our democracy and threatening a war crimes tribunal for the Russian slaughter of civilians in Aleppo.

"This is a conflict, there should be no doubt," said Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, on the US-Russia confrontation. The problem is, normal channels of communication that would ordinarily serve to resolve conflict have been frozen. Such a state of affairs has not been seen since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Consider:

1. Russian jets have been buzzing US warships off the coast of Ukraine and intercepting US spy planes.

2. Putin has withdrawn from a nuclear security pact on plutonium.

3. Russia has moved nuclear missiles to the Polish border

4. Putin has ratcheted up war rhetoric against Eastern Europe.

5. American intelligence has fingered Russia being behind the hacking of political organizations, presumably to influence the election.

6. Russia has warned the US not to interfere in the Syrian civil war or consequences to our "national security" will ensue

And now, perhaps most ominously, Putin is ordering the families of Russian diplomats home.

Inquisitr:

As threats of a global war rise, Russia is apparently ordering all its officials to bring their family members living abroad back home. According to local media in Russia, Several high-ranking officials and politicians have received a warning message from Vladimir Putin, urging them to bring their family members back to the “Fatherland.”

This news comes after Putin cancelled his previously planned visit to France following disagreements over Russia’s involvement in Syria.

And according to local media, all high ranking officials are now being told that it would be wise to bring their family members living abroad back home. The “recommendation” has been imposed upon officials of every level, including administration staff, regional administrators, lawmakers and even employees of public corporations. It has also been said that those that ignore this recommendation may lose their chance of being promoted in the public sector.

This decision has met with mixed reactions. Political scientist Vitaly Ivanov believes that this is a “long overdue” decision targeting those officials who on one hand speak of patriotism but on the other hand send their own children abroad to study.

Others such as political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky believe that decisions such as these will result in more officials leaving the country rather than producing the desired result. He says that the decision could eventually backfire against Putin.

When removed from the current context of US-Russia relations, the explanation that this is a move by Putin to consolidate his domestic position makes sense. But placed next to other moves by Putin, the explanation becomes more sinister. 

How this plays out in the US election is unclear. Foreign policy discussions by either candidate have been almost non existent, and we can only guess how the candidates would handle Putin and Russia. It would be simplistic to claim that Trump would enable Putin in his quest for world leadership while Hillary would try to block him. More to the point, which candidate could manage the relationship without going to war?

For 8 years, the Russian president has pushed the US around like we were a 98 lb weakling. Now that Obama has bestirred himself to push back, Putin has become enraged. It may be that Putin has determined that the "correlation of forces" will never be more favorable to Russia and that there is a narrow window opening up where attacking the west has a good chance of succeeding.

At the very least, we should pay more attention to what's happening as experts believe some kind of showdown is possible.

 

While the attention of America has been fixed on the presidential election, relations between Russia and the US have deteriorated to the point that foreign policy experts are now talking about open conflict between the two countries. Vladimir Putin has made several startlingly bellicose moves in recent weeks and President Obama is promising retaliation for Russian hacks of our democracy and threatening a war crimes tribunal for the Russian slaughter of civilians in Aleppo.

"This is a conflict, there should be no doubt," said Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, on the US-Russia confrontation. The problem is, normal channels of communication that would ordinarily serve to resolve conflict have been frozen. Such a state of affairs has not been seen since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Consider:

1. Russian jets have been buzzing US warships off the coast of Ukraine and intercepting US spy planes.

2. Putin has withdrawn from a nuclear security pact on plutonium.

3. Russia has moved nuclear missiles to the Polish border

4. Putin has ratcheted up war rhetoric against Eastern Europe.

5. American intelligence has fingered Russia being behind the hacking of political organizations, presumably to influence the election.

6. Russia has warned the US not to interfere in the Syrian civil war or consequences to our "national security" will ensue

And now, perhaps most ominously, Putin is ordering the families of Russian diplomats home.

Inquisitr:

As threats of a global war rise, Russia is apparently ordering all its officials to bring their family members living abroad back home. According to local media in Russia, Several high-ranking officials and politicians have received a warning message from Vladimir Putin, urging them to bring their family members back to the “Fatherland.”

This news comes after Putin cancelled his previously planned visit to France following disagreements over Russia’s involvement in Syria.

And according to local media, all high ranking officials are now being told that it would be wise to bring their family members living abroad back home. The “recommendation” has been imposed upon officials of every level, including administration staff, regional administrators, lawmakers and even employees of public corporations. It has also been said that those that ignore this recommendation may lose their chance of being promoted in the public sector.

This decision has met with mixed reactions. Political scientist Vitaly Ivanov believes that this is a “long overdue” decision targeting those officials who on one hand speak of patriotism but on the other hand send their own children abroad to study.

Others such as political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky believe that decisions such as these will result in more officials leaving the country rather than producing the desired result. He says that the decision could eventually backfire against Putin.

When removed from the current context of US-Russia relations, the explanation that this is a move by Putin to consolidate his domestic position makes sense. But placed next to other moves by Putin, the explanation becomes more sinister. 

How this plays out in the US election is unclear. Foreign policy discussions by either candidate have been almost non existent, and we can only guess how the candidates would handle Putin and Russia. It would be simplistic to claim that Trump would enable Putin in his quest for world leadership while Hillary would try to block him. More to the point, which candidate could manage the relationship without going to war?

For 8 years, the Russian president has pushed the US around like we were a 98 lb weakling. Now that Obama has bestirred himself to push back, Putin has become enraged. It may be that Putin has determined that the "correlation of forces" will never be more favorable to Russia and that there is a narrow window opening up where attacking the west has a good chance of succeeding.

At the very least, we should pay more attention to what's happening as experts believe some kind of showdown is possible.