June 25, 2022

Independence, Educated


Independence, Educated
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New curricula in Russian high schools will require that lessons include formal recognition of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR).

The announcement of the new subject matter is a consequence of Russian President Vladimir Putin officially recognizing the independent states on February 21, 2022. Russia was the first United Nations member to do so. Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service chief, Sergei Naryshkin, also previously said that material on the Donbas region should be taught in Russian schools, of course in a Putin-friendly way.

The LNR and DNR are separatist regions in eastern Ukraine run by Russia-friendly (and Russia-backed) governments.

The independent states will be discussed in the state-mandated lesson plan, “The Revival of the Country Since the 2000s, the Reunification of Crimea with Russia.” The course will also include information on the completion of the Kerch Strait bridge of 2018 and constitutional reforms of 2020.

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