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In Russian schools, it's recite your ABC's and 'Love your Army'

By Neil MacFarquhar and Milana Mazaeva

03 Jun 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Russia's education system is awash in lessons and extracurricular activities built around military themes and patriotism, reports the NYT.

A new version of the ABC’s in Russia’s Far East starts with “A is for Army, B is for Brotherhood” — and injects a snappy phrase with every letter, like, “Love your Army.”

A swim meet in the southern city of Magnitogorsk featured adolescents diving into the pool wearing camouflage uniforms, while other competitors slung model Kalashnikov rifles across their backs.

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