Kremlin Says it Wants Skilled Workers Based Abroad to Return to Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin , Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov and officials attend a meeting with employees of Obukhovsky plant, which is one of the production sites of the Russian missile manufacturer Almaz-Antey, in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Jan. 18. (Sputnik/Ilya Pitalyov/Pool via REUTERS)

(Reuters) — The Kremlin on Tuesday said it wanted skilled workers now based abroad to return to Russia and continue working to benefit the country, after hundreds of thousands of people fled abroad in the past year due to the conflict in Ukraine.

One of Russia’s richest tycoons on Monday called on the authorities to tolerate rather than punish workers, particularly those in the IT sector now overseas, arguing that the country needs their brain power.

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