Child Soldiers in the Classroom? Russian Kids Prepping for Battle – Is Putin Plotting a ‘Decades-Long War’?

In a seismic shift in the Russian school curriculum, it has been reported that kids are performing shocking military exercises in class. Does this mean Putin is in Ukraine for the long haul?

Russia’s Militarization of Children

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Russia’s public schools are transforming into military training grounds for children as youngsters as young as nursery age don uniforms and engage in marching drills, while older students are taught combat skills, including grenade throwing and using live ammunition.

A Frightening Agenda

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This aggressive militarization drive is not a spontaneous surge of patriotism but a government-led initiative intensifying after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

“After School Clubs” Got a New Meaning

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The scale of investment is enormous, with approximately 10,000 “military-patriotic” clubs now operating in Russian schools and colleges, involving a quarter of a million individuals.

A Dark Shift in Curriculum

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The changes in the school curriculum include mandatory classes focused on military-patriotic values, updated history books that emphasize Russian military triumphs, and a new mandatory course titled “Fundamentals of Security and Defense of the Motherland.”

Training Children for War

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The new course, set to be fully introduced in 2024 after testing this year, includes excursions to military units, “military-sports games, meetings with military personnel and veterans,” and even classes on drones. 

Gun Classes Take Shape

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High-school students will even be taught to use live ammunition under strict guidance, or “under the guidance of experienced military unit officers or instructors exclusively at the firing line,” as the ministry put it.

Shaping a New Russia

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Not only is the education system being altered, but modern history is also being rewritten.

The standard textbook, ‘History of Russia,’ now places the Crimea Bridge on its cover and includes a new chapter dedicated to recent Ukrainian history. 

Brainwashing the Kids

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This revision aims to fuel a sense of historical grievance among Russian children, making it look like the current war is a battle for the nation’s survival.

Shocking New Chapter Names

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Some chapters of the new textbook include “Falsification of history”, “Revival of Nazism”, “Ukrainian neo-Nazism” and “Russia is a country of heroes.”

Putin’s Personal Involvement

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President Putin himself has played a crucial role in injecting patriotism into Russia’s schools.

In a recent event, he recounted a letter from his grandfather to his father during World War II. 

Children Taught Combat Skills

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Reports in Russia revealed that children as young as seven or eight are being imparted with basic military training. 

Children Involved in Military Exercises

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Examples include children adopting call signs and participating in exercises involving the use of automatic weapons and obstacle courses.

Publicized Propaganda

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The Russian Ministry of Defense actively publicized its efforts, such as the ‘Christmas Tree of Wishes’ program, where the Minister himself is involved. 

Children Expected to Help in War Effort

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Children are expected to contribute to the war effort through practical means, including sewing clothing for soldiers and engaging in various supportive activities.

What Will the Parents Say?

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While some parents have voiced opposition, 79% of parents favor showing videos about the war to their children.

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