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Russia will build the “largest” center of military and patriotic education for young people in the northwest


Russian authorities are building the ‘largest’ military and patriotic education center for young people in the northwest of the country amid a wider militarization of young Russians that has accelerated since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, according to pro-Kremlin media reported.

The Avangard educational center in the Vologda region is set to hold its first training camp in 2023, with 5,000 children and teenagers expected to pass through its doors each year, according to the Second Year-themed news site pobedarf.ru. World War.

High school and university students will practice shooting sports there, learn to navigate and gain knowledge of robotics and the use of drones, Vologda region governor Oleg Kuvshinnikov said.

Avangard military-patriotic educational center in the Moscow region.
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“We began to create the largest military-patriotic education training and methodology center [in northwest Russia] on the instructions of President Vladimir Putin and with the support of the Russian Defense Ministry,” he said.

“We will prepare high school and college students for military service, military-patriotic education and physical development,” Kuvshinnikov said at a teachers’ council this week.

The first Avangard education center open in a sprawling military theme park outside of Moscow in 2020.

Sergei Shoigu, Minister of Defense said in May of this year that Avangard military-patriotic youth education centers would be built in other Russian cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants.

The education centers are part of the Kremlin’s efforts to raise a new generation of loyal citizens who understand a Rapidly Growing Youth Army, youth television programming, and patriotism and war history in Russian law on education.

Polls indicate that young Russians are generally less likely to support their country’s so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine than older generations.

Since the beginning of the invasion, the Russian authorities have extended compulsory teaching of patriotic history to include children from 7 years oldordered the appointment of “patriotic” school counselors and tweaked the program to teach high school students about Ukraine from a pro-Kremlin perspective.

Putin put patriotic education into the Russian school curriculum in 2020, as part of controversial constitutional reforms that allowed the president to extend his 20-year rule until 2036.


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