A stunning 40 million Russians from all levels of government will take place in a civil defense “emergency evacuation” drill starting tomorrow. Federal agencies, heads of regions, local authorities and other organizations will take part in the massive exercise, which runs from October 4-7. The simulation will include 200,000 “professional rescue units” and 50,000 pieces of equipment,” reports Interfax.

“Abnormal emergency rescue teams” will wargame “evacuation” procedures during a national crisis, according to the report. According to Oleg Manuilov, the director of the Russian Civil Defence Department, the exercise will be a test run of how the population would respond to a “disaster occurrence” under an “emergency” situation. READ MORE