Vladimir Putin’s Russia is promoting “military-patriotic education” training for teens, reports Simon Shuster in Time.
At a school outside Moscow, students as young as 11 learn to assemble and load Kalashnikov assault rifles.
. . . Putin ordered the creation last fall of a nationwide “Russian students’ movement,” whose aim is to “help form the characters” of young people “based on the system of values that is intrinsic to Russian society.”
The Russian Defense Ministry has created the “Young Army” to provide training in military tactics and history.