Russians are rushing to buy shelters amid increasing fears that Vladimir Putin will plunge the nation into nuclear war.
Putin and Russia have warned the West that their interference in their conflict with Ukraine will result in the unleashing of weapons of mass destruction which would result in global chaos.
As experts have urged the world to be prepared for the possibility of nuclear war, the Russian elite have created a way out for themselves in the form of top-secret bunkers being built.
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Russia has a total of 16,448 nuclear bomb shelters, according to the country’s Accounts Chamber, which were mostly built during the Cold War in the 1960s.
However, the chamber was dissatisfied with the quality of the bunkers after complaining six years ago that 95% of them not in a fit state for use, as well as the bunkers being illegally privatised.
NTV channel recently highlighted the rush towards private bunkers for those who can afford them as it reported that: "20-to-30 bunkers are bought in Moscow each week, and the trend is increasing".
A report described the bunkers as "black cubes wrapped in polyethylene, buried 12ft underground" but are able to sustain an "eight or nine" magnitude earthquake.
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The report said: "Some customers are afraid that soon it will be hot. And, they want to dig [the nuclear cellars] deeper.
"And now the cellars are advertised as economy bunkers.[They can handle pressure] of up to five tons per square metre."
Vitaly Ustinov sells bunkers and confirmed that "demand has increased".
One advertisement warned that people are "preparing for the end of the world" and that you must now think of the safety of your family.
"Due to the difficult situation in the country, as well as fear of natural disasters, it is time to think about the safety of your family and loved ones," the ad said.
"We offer both high-end and low-cost shelters as well as underground housing complexes. Most of our bunkers are adapted for global disasters like wars, floods and catastrophic climate change."
According to the ad, the cheapest bunkers cover an area of 97sqft and cost £28,400.
While the Russian elite are the first ones in line for the bunkers, General SVR said not all Russian officials are guaranteed a spot in bunkers that may be ordered by President Vladimir Putin.
He said on Telegram: "Relatives and friends of the heads of state will be delivered to the bunker in advance. But not everyone in the leadership of Russia was lucky.
"For example, Putin ordered, in the event of a nuclear threat, to evacuate the ‘necessary minimum’ of Russian officials."
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