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Russia's Authoritarian-Friendly History Textbooks
Yasha Levine ( Email ) on December 25, 2007

This Thursday, the Ministry of Education will approve a new series of updated, pro-Putin textbooks to be used in the next school year. This story first made headlines this summer when Kommersant found out that it had been specifically ordered by someone in the presidential administration.

BookHere's a few lessons from a textbook called "Russian History from 1945—2007":

1. The abolition of directly elected regional governors was a good thing because "regional governments could not effectively function during a crisis-type situation" ( e.g. responding terrorist attacks). The implication here is that rigid, top-down vertical political structures are a necessity in Russia's democracy. 

2. The re-privatization of Yukos "finally put an end to oligarchs hoping to maintain personal control over the Russian government" and put the country's wealth back into the hands of the Russian people. 

3. Some countries give up sovereign rule to other more powerful countries in exchange for security. Case in point: Georgia after Saakashvili was elected in 2004. Countries such as these are puppets and do not represent their people's will. As such, they are illegitimate. 

4. Stalin was an "effective manager," taking Russia from the plow to the atomic bomb in just a few years. His repressions were necessary to mobilize for war and industrialize Russia so quickly. In general, the ratings of past leaders goes like this: Khrushchev is bad because he weakened the government; Brezhnev is good because he restored it; Gorbachev and Yeltsin are both bad because they let the Soviet Union fall apart; Putin has been Russia's best leader because he restored strong "vertical" power (which was established by Stalin).

Is there a Russian Howard Zinn in the house? Mr. Kasparov? Someone?

—Yasha Levine


 
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