Wednesday, November 22, 2017

History textbook commissioned by Russian President Putin draws criticism

A national history textbook recently commissioned by Russian President Vladimir Putin has drawn criticism for failing to include a section on his opponents.

In February, Putin ordered historians at the Russian Academy of Sciences to prepare a textbook that would provide students with a history free from "internal contradictions and ambiguities," The Telegraph reports.

Some critics, however, have said the textbook initiative is part of a Kremlin-backed effort to produce a government version of events similar to Soviet-era propaganda. The textbook draft completely omits a recollection of the oligarchy ousted by Putin, as well as anti-Putin demonstrations and riots, according to AsiaNews.it.

The textbooks, which cover the beginning of Russia's history up until 2012, are expected to appear in September 2015, Ura.ru reports.