Tag: education

Clericalization of Schools Said Undermining Russia’s Ability to Compete

September 23, 2014

Staunton, September 20 – Pressured by the Russian Orthodox Church, the Russian education ministry is preparing to dramatically expand the number of hours school children spend studying religion, a move that Nezavisimaya Gazeta says will reduce the number of hours they spend on other subjects and ultimately Russia’s ability to compete in the world. In […]

Muscovite Couples Increasingly Childless by Choice, Study Finds

September 5, 2014

Staunton, September 5 – Moscow and the Russia outside the ring road are divided in many ways, including some of the most fundamental. Today, most Muscovite couples without children have chosen that status, while most Russians living elsewhere do not have children because, for one reason or another, they can’t, according to a new study. […]

Moscow Hopes to Use Soft Power to Influence Intellectuals Abroad and Thus Defend Itself

August 13, 2014

Staunton, August 13 – The Soviet government benefited from the fact that many African, Asian and Latin American leaders received educations in the USSR, and the Putin regime hopes to build on that past not only by attracting more students from these countries but by opening Russian-run universities and cultural centers in these countries. Like […]

Putin Electorate Reflects Underlying Continuities in Russian Society, Sociologist Says

May 30, 2014

Staunton, May 30 – Despite the rise of a Russian middle class and the rapid turnover in that country’s leaders and regimes, Vladimir Putin draws his support from the fact that Russian society remains tied to its peasant past, with most people not more than a generation or so removed from the culture of the […]

Budget Figures Show Putin has Been Preparing for War for Four Years, Nemtsov Says

May 12, 2014

Staunton, May 12 – A government’s priorities and plans are most clearly shown in its budget, and over the last four years, the budgets Vladimir Putin has proposed and imposed are those of a leader preparing for war rather than someone concerned about the needs of the Russian people, according to Boris Nemtsov. In a […]

Crimean Schools Shifting from Ukrainian to Russian as Language of Instruction

May 5, 2014

Staunton, May 5 – Ostensibly at the insistence of parental demands and despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declaration that there are three official languages on the peninsula, Russian is replacing Ukrainian as the language of instruction in schools there, according to a report in Izvestiya today. The Moscow paper says that parents in Sevastopol, Simferopol, […]

Russian Textbooks Must Be Common for All ‘Except the Retarded,’ Duma Deputy Says

April 14, 2014

Staunton, April 13 – Irina Yarovaya, the chairman of the Duma Security Committee, says that “the task of the state is to ensure unity of education … and [thus] a single cultural space,” with “variations” allowed only for those children who are mentally handicapped, an attitude that threatens the development of Russians and non-Russians alike. […]