New version of ABC in Russia far East It starts with “A is for armyBis for Brotherhood” — and inject a quick catchphrase into each letter, such as, “I love your army.” The swim meet in the southern city of Magnitogorsk saw teenagers dove into the pool while wearing camouflage uniforms, while other competitors hurled Kalashnikov rifles at their backs. is the theme adopted for elementary school math classes in central Russia, in which paper stars list the possible bullet holes on a target drawn on the board.
As the war in Ukraine enters its 16th month, educational programs across Russia are awash in lessons and extracurricular activities revolving around military and patriotic themes. These efforts are part of the Kremlin’s expanded campaign to militarize Russian society, train future generations to revere the military, and cement President Vladimir Putin’s narrative that “a real war has once again broken out for our Motherland,” he declared in a sober address at a ceremony last month.
The indoctrination drumbeat originally began with Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, but the all-out invasion of Ukraine has accelerated it. The Education Department releases a steady stream of material, including step-by-step lesson plans and real-life examples — such as a video of a student concert in which he used poetry, dance, and theater to explain the history of Russia’s foreign intelligence.
“They include all levels, from kindergarten to university,” said Daniel Kane, head of the Teachers’ Alliance, an independent Russian federation. They’re trying to get all these kids, all the students, directly involved in supporting the war. For years, Russia’s leaders have sought to condition their citizens to accept Moscow’s leadership, in part by banning politics from schools. The Kremlin now hopes to persuade the public to actively support the war effort and, when it comes to young males, to fight. Interviews with social scientists, teachers, parents, and students, and a comprehensive review of published online materials schools Themselves and through local news outlets, they show an all-out government effort to promote patriotic military content through all of Russia’s 40,000 public schools. “The best possible way to mobilize this society is to brainwash the youth,” said Greg Yudin, a Russian sociologist. The Education Minister, Sergei Kravtsov, did not respond to written inquiries.


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