Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday urged Russian elites to not leave the country and invest in Russia.
"Real success is possible only when you tie your future and your children's future to the motherland," he said at an economic forum in St. Petersburg, adding that "recent events have confirmed what I have always said before: it's safer at home. Those who didn't want to hear this message have lost millions of dollars."
In one of the first more substantial speeches since the invasion of Ukraine started, he said, Russia "has a huge potential and there's so much to do here, there is no end to it. Invest here."