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Putin’s Proposal for an institutionalized “Russian Canon” – cultural therapy or an assault on literary freedom?

ninainrussia:

“…and now, Putin want to preserve “the dominance of Russian culture” with a reading list. 

 Social engineering through state mandated literature: Nothing else that Putin has done has been quite so nakedly Soviet in its desire to manipulate the human intellect into docility.

“Let us take a survey of our most influential cultural figures and compile a 100-book canon that every Russian school leaver will be required to read,” he writes. 

“[Students] would be asked to write an essay on one of them in their final exams. Or at least let us give young Russians a chance to demonstrate their knowledge and world outlook in various student competitions. State policy with regard to culture must provide appropriate guidelines.”

NY Daily News: Vladimir Putin would like you to read a book: Why his proposal for a “Russian Cannon is scary as hell” 

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