Over the past two weeks, Putin has ordered a mass evacuation drill of Moscow involving an estimated 12 million residents. It would take place in the event of a nuclear war.
Earlier, the Kremlin reportedly ordered high ranking Russian officials abroad to send family members back to Russia immediately, which has also been interpreted as another prelude to global war.
A report in Russian newspaper, Noviye Izvestia, suggested the order was a “fake,” but may be part of Russia’s propaganda effort aimed at the West.
Putin also moved nuclear-capable intermediate-range missiles closer to Poland’s border. The move puts them within range of Berlin, Warsaw and Copenhagen, and could be used to launch a surprise attack, according to London’s Daily Mail.
The posturing is reportedly tied to the growing confrontation between the U.S. led coalition and Russia over Syria. The situation has led to deteriorating relations between Russia and the West in recent weeks.
“This is all part of the package of measures to prepare elites to some “big war,” said Russian political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky yesterday.
The kicker to Putin’s sabre rattling came when Putin ally Vladimir Zhirinovsky yesterday (Oct. 12) told Reuters that Trump was the only person able to de-escalate dangerous tensions between Moscow and Washington.
On the other hand, Zhirinovsky said Democratic rival Hillary Clinton could spark World War III. The leader of Russia’s Liberal Democratic Party is a nationalist, who is widely viewed as a faithful servant of Kremlin policy.
He’s sometimes used to float radical opinions to test public reaction, according to The Daily Mail.
“Americans voting for a president on Nov. 8 must realize that they are voting for peace on Planet Earth if they vote for Trump. But if they vote for Hillary it’s war.
“It will be a short movie. There will be Hiroshimas and Nagasakis everywhere,” he said.
The effort to exert more overt pressure on the U.S. election comes as U.S. intelligence officials say evidence suggests the Kremlin is behind recent hacks of Democratic party officials’ emails in the United States.
Putin has denied any Russian connection. His latest effort is considered clumsy, shows a lack of understanding of the U.S. political process and underestimates the potential to backfire.
Voters of all political persuasions strongly object to foreign interference in domestic elections.
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