Russia: Authorities Appear to Deem Original Historical Research Dangerous

Russian leader Vladimir Putin (second from left) and members of his administration meet in the Kremlin with officials in charge of developing a new national system of teaching Russian history. History is now such a sensitive subject in Russia that officials have disrupted a prestigious competition for high school students, cautioning that doing original research and writing about the Soviet past threatens to turn children into “extremists.” (Photo: Russian Presidential Press Service)

History is now such a sensitive subject in Russia that education officials have disrupted a prestigious competition for high school students, cautioning that doing original research and writing about the Soviet past threatens to turn children into “extremists.”
 

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Madeline Roache is a London-based freelance journalist focusing on human rights conditions in the former Soviet Union. She recently completed an MA in Russian politics at University College London.

Russia: Authorities Appear to Deem Original Historical Research Dangerous

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