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How the Kremlin Is Militarizing Russian Society

By Anton Troianovski, Ivan Nechepurenko, Valerie Hopkins, Sergey Ponomarev

21 Dec 2021 · 6 min read

MOSCOW — Stepping onto a podium in heavy boots and military fatigues at a ceremony outside Moscow, six teenagers accepted awards for an increasingly important discipline in Russia: patriotism.

For days, students from around the country had competed in activities like map-reading, shooting and history quizzes. The contest was funded in part by the Kremlin, which has been making “military patriotic” education a priority.

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