>> Plans for an exclusive Moscow health clinic for Vladimir Putin and his top officials. The Kremlin proposing a three story building in the grounds of the central clinical hospital. Documents seen by Reuters and medical sources familiar with the project confirm the plan. Design and planning papers show space for ten inpatients at a time.
And communications systems that, under Russian law, are reserved for the country's leaders. The clinic estimated to cost 2.9 billion rubles, or $48.11 million. It will be fitted with VIP suites, a swimming pool, rooms where patients can hold meetings, and posts for aides. In a written reply, the Kremlin's management property department confirms the clinic will be built, but says it's for hundreds of state officials, including, but not limited, to the President and Prime Minister.
Now there's renewed demand for top end health care under the control of the Russian state. In the past two decades, Russia's elite have sought treatment abroad. However, the current standoff with the West, changing attitudes.