Kremlin recommended officials to return their children in Russia
The Russian Presidential Administration issued a recommendation for the Russian officials to return their children studying abroad. Znak reported with reference to officials, whose families are abroad, that the government officials should implement the recommendation without waiting for the end the children’s studies. To do this, they need to transfer their children to Russian universities. The Kremlin has already commented on the information. The Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, whose daughter lives in France, said that he "had not seen and heard" such information (quoted by TASS).
Five interlocutors whom the informal request from the Presidential Administration affected directly told the reporters about the recommendation for the Russian officials. It is reported that this recommendation will apply to all: from the staff of the Administration itself as well as regional administrations, to deputies of all levels.
According to the publication, this initiative also extends to families of employees of public corporations. At the same time, those who will take their time with the implementation of this request will be reminded of the known cases when staying of the close relatives of the younger or older generation abroad became a complicating factor in subsequent career in the public sector, said one of the interlocutors. According to him, in recent months he has become aware of several such cases.
"In this situation, the officials are given time to resolve the issue, but in the case of failure to do so, hiring for the position in the civil service, which the applicant expected, will not take place", the source to the edition said.
It is to be noted that the MP from the Edinaya Rossiya of the last convocation Evgeny Fedorov in 2014 proposed to ban the state officials, who have close relatives permanently residing abroad, to work in the structures of the Russian authorities. However, in the State Duma, where many deputies have children studying or living abroad, received this idea without enthusiasm.
According to Fedorov, relatives abroad is "a source of vulnerability and possible pressure on the official in Russia from other states." The Edinaya Rossiya member used the case with the arrest of the Duma Deputy Valery Seleznev’s son in the Maldives by the US intelligence agencies as an argument.
Against the background of Fedorov’s not implemented legislative initiative the media reminded that many children of the Russian domestic officials live and study abroad. It was reported that the Deputy Sergei Zheleznyak who is known for his patriotic statements sent three of the four daughters to study abroad - to the United Kingdom and Switzerland. The Deputy Elena Mizulina fighting for the preservation of traditional family values through strict anti-LGBT bans has a son who lives and works in Belgium.
In addition, many times the journalists have written about the other examples: in particular, that the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov's daughter lives and studies in the US and has no plans to return to Russia. In addition, there is information about children of the Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who, presumably, study in the UK.
In October last year, the daughter of the Russian President's press secretary, Elizaveta Peskova, gave an interview to Ksenia Sobchak in which she admitted that while living in Paris she does not miss home and shares the "liberal spirit of France." "In fact, I do have any difficulties here, I very happy here, I'm madly in love," Peskova admitted.
In December 2015, the Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 11th annual big press conference, denied media reports according to which his daughter did not study in Russia. "I read that my daughters live abroad, but now they write the truth - they live in Russia and studied only in the Russian universities. I'm proud of them, they continue to study: my daughters are fluent in three European languages, not just fluent, they use them for work... They make their first steps in their careers and they succeed. I never discuss my family in public, and I am not going to do it now," the President said.
In recent years, the process of nationalization of the elites takes place in Russia. This term was introduced in the autumn of 2012 by the ex-employee of the Presidential Administration Konstantin Kostin. Vladimir Putin in December of the same year, in his traditional Address to the Federal Assembly, designed contours of the course to nationalization of the elites taken by the Kremlin, notes Forbes.
The Federal Law on the nationalization of the elites, as it is called in the press, was signed by the President Putin on May 7, 2013, and the count of three months, during which the Russian officials, their spouses and minor children would have to say goodbye to their foreign accounts and shares, started from May 19, 2013.
Experts stressed out that the main purpose of the law is to make the national elite less dependent on the West. The Deputies listed in the sanctions lists are not entitled to own assets abroad from 2013 within the framework of the so-called law on nationalization of the elites.
The legislative prohibition extends to having accounts, deposits, cash and valuables in foreign banks abroad and possession or use of foreign financial instruments.
The law also imposed a ban on trust management of property, which includes investing in foreign financial instruments, and the founder of which is the official. The ban applies to the deputies, senators, persons holding public positions the Russian Federation, on the Attorney General’s deputies, the members of the Central Bank Board of Directors, the regional and municipal officials, deputy heads of the federal executive bodies, persons occupying positions in state-owned companies.
In addition, the spouses and minor children of the listed persons are also subject to the abovementioned prohibitions. The law was adopted "in order to ensure the national security of the Russian Federation, regulation of lobbying activities, expansion of investment funds into the national economy and improve the efficiency of anti-corruption."
Preliminary hearings of the case pertaining to embezzlements committed during the construction of notorious Zenit Arena haven’t commenced yet – but the trial of Marat Oganesyan already ceased to be monotonous. The former Deputy Head of the St. Petersburg Municipal Administration has directly hinted at the involvement of his successor – current Vice Governor Albin – in the embezzlement of billions of rubles.