Russia's Putin pushes for 'war history,' 'patriotism' courses in schools

Russia’s Putin pushes for ‘conflict historical past,’ ‘patriotism’ programs in faculties


Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted laws that will add “patriotism” and “war history” to Russia’s required schooling.

The proposal was submitted Thursday however requires approval in each homes of Russia’s parliament earlier than turning into legislation. The amendments would search so as to add “a sense of patriotism and citizenship, respect for the memory of the defenders of the fatherland and the achievements of the fatherland’s heroes” to the present schooling necessities, as translated by The Moscow Times.

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The transfer is simply the most recent in a collection of makes an attempt to militarize Russia’s youth. In 2015, Putin established the Yunarima, or “Youth Army,” a “youth military-patriotic movement” that the nation’s Defense Ministry helps, based on the report.

“People around town have compared us to the Hitler Youth; we’re not,” mentioned Alexander Oborotov, 26, a Youth Army teacher. “It’s not that I think there will be a war with the United States tomorrow, but we do need to be prepared.”

Around 416,000 youngsters between the ages of eight and 18 had joined the Yunamira as of April 2019. The group’s official web site claims that the quantity might have practically doubled in solely a yr.

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The authorities additionally instituted a coverage in 2019 that enrolls juvenile offenders in navy reeducation camps, which intention to instill them with “discipline and patriotic values.”

“Juveniles prone to committing offenses will be sent to military-patriotic camps in 2019,” Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev was quoted as saying final yr by the state-run TASS information company.

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Observers mentioned Friday that Putin’s proposal cites an article within the nation’s structure that’s but to take impact attributable to a postponed vote on new amendments.

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