Russia devises new five year plan to boost patriotism
Half of all Russians will participate in patriotic events by 2015, according to a multi-million dollar five year plan to rear patriotic citizens published by the government Tuesday.
The programme, signed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin last week, is supposed to "form a patriotic conscience among Russian citizens as one factor of national unity," the document says.
Russia will set aside 777 million rubles (25.9 million dollars)) from 2011 to 2015 for bringing up patriotic citizens. Most of the money will come from the federal budget.
Over the next five years, the number of people participating in "patriotic education programmes" should be increased from 35 percent in 2010 to 50 percent in 2015.
The number of patriotic educators and organisers is also due to increase from 20,000 to 45,000 in five years, while the number of patriotic "military-sports" camps is to grow from 890 to 1,400 by 2015.
The aims of the programme include increasing the "positive dynamic of patriotism in the country... overcoming extremist tendencies of some groups, a revival of spirituality."
The government has already completed two patriotic five-year plans, the first of which was launched in 2001 after Vladimir Putin became president.
Putin has stressed the theme of patriotism throughout his two terms saying in 2003 that it should become Russia's uniting ideology.
Russia has in particular paid attention to lavishly financing patriotic films and military parades in Moscow like the May 9th Victory day in World War II, which became increasingly large-scale after 2005.
© 2010 AFP