Apparently, the main responsible for this interpretation were the British tabloids like the Daily Star and the Daily Mail. This latter cited as source the Russian site news Znak, based in Yekaterimburg, saying that Putin would have ordered that government´s high-officials come and take their families back to Russia "amid hightened tensions over the prospect of global war". The non-acompliance of the order would have as punishment the prejudice to the officiers´ careers. Although the Daily Mail says that the reason of the order wasn´t clear, the event was interpreted in the context of the sudden deterioration of relations between Russia and the West, especially in the diplomatic and military divergences about the Syrian Civil War and positioning of the missiles in Europe, that I mentioned in my last text in this blog. The report also cites a Russian political analyst that says Putin would be preparing the Russian elite for a "big war".
In my last text I suggested that the relation between the Putin´s order and a possible world war wasn´t correct. I also commented that could be a relation between this call and the political reform the president is leading in the country. But according to the informations there seems no relation between this fact and the mentioned political reform. The reason would be another.
The Daily Mail cited the Russian-language news web site Znak, which posted a piece entitled "Home!" Translated from Russian, the piece said that Putin's administration had issued an informal request, not an order, that Russian officials and their family members who are living abroad return home. The piece discussed not a pending military conflict, but a public perception problem stemming from Russian elites' sending their children to be educated at expensive Western schools while their homeland is in the midst of challenging the West and jockeying with the U.S. for global power. It does not seem to be a red flag that World War III is imminent.
The Snope.com´s analysis was base for another report written by The New Zeland Herald´s staff wrriters, from New Zeland, one of the few Western countries´ newspaper to give this version of the facts.
The Putin´s call would have relation, therefore, with an internal matter: the attempt to "purify" the country´s elite from the Western cultural influences. Since his second term (2004-2008), Russia has invested in a public diplomacy expanding the reach of it´s media, think thanks, cooperation agencies in the political and cultural area and, of course, the political alliance system with European extremists, separatist groups and an estrategical alliance with China and the BRICS. The goal is to create a challenging global order to the American one, and this includes the cultural dimension.