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Russian Military Gets Political Arm To Help Promote Patriotism

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According to a report by Reuters, Vladimir Putin has created a new arm of the Russian military aimed at promoting patriotism, drawing comparisons to a Soviet practice that once saw soldiers being taught the precepts of Marxism and Leninism by political commissars. Reuters reports that Putin approved the move in a presidential decree published on Monday, and that it appears designed to bolster soldiers’ loyalty at a time when Moscow is locked in a standoff with the West. Alexander Kanshin, part of a civilian body that shapes military policy, told Interfax news agency in February, “In conditions of a global information and psychological confrontation (with the West) the role of political and moral unity within the army and society drastically grows.”

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