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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Unveils 5-yr Plan For ""Patriotic Education""

The bad news is that Russian society is plagued by "indifference, egoism, individualism, cynicism, unmotivated aggression and a lack of respect for the state and social institutions".

The good news is that a cure is on the way.

Russia unveiled a five-year plan on Monday for "patriotic education" to solve a raft of social ills listed by the government and awaken "a high patriotic consciousness and feelings of loyalty to the Fatherland".

The government's "Decree on the State Programme 'Patriotic education of the citizens of the Russian Federation for 2001-2005'", was published in a full page of the official Rossiskaya Gazeta daily.

It gives a committee 170 million roubles ($6.4 million) to dispense for funding patriotic museum exhibitions, academic research, sporting events, contests and conferences.

An entire section is devoted to "state activities for the propaganda of patriotism in the mass media", including prizes for patriotic journalists and funds for the "active opposition to distortion and falsification of the history of the Fatherland".

The text could ring alarm bells in a country that was ruled for decades by a Soviet totalitarian state that deliberately manipulated history to repress its citizens.

But "cynical" Russians had a different take.

"It's not tragedy. It's farce," Andrei Piontkowsky, a Moscow political analyst, told Reuters. "It means that a great many people are going to receive a lot of money, and make patriotism their profession."