The Kremlin plans to build a new unit at the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow, specially designed to treat the country's most senior officials. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.
Plans for an exclusive Moscow health clinic for Vladimir Putin and his top officials. The Kremlin proposing a three-storey building in the grounds of the Central Clinical Hospital. Design and planning papers show space for 10 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 roubles - or 48.11 million dollars. 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 property management department confirms a clinic will be built, but says it is for hundreds of state officials. Including but not limited to the president and prime minister. There's renewed demand for top-end healthcare 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 has changed attitudes.