From Playgrounds to Parade Grounds, Russian Schools Are Becoming Increasingly Militarized

From a story on by Tim Lister and Katharina Krebs headlined “From playgrounds to parade grounds: Russian schools are becoming increasingly militarized”:

Russia’s playgrounds are becoming parade grounds. At schools from the Pacific to the Black Sea, children in nursery grade don uniforms and take part in marching practice. Older kids are being taught how to dig trenches, throw grenades and shoot with real ammunition.

In schools across the country, service in the armed forces is being glorified, “voluntary companies” of teenagers are being formed and the national curriculum is being changed to emphasize defense of the motherland.