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  • “Where does the capitalist have his breakfast?”: How Soviet students learnt English in 1959

    Steve Rosenberg, a BBC Moscow correspondent, recently unearthed a Soviet English language textbook. In order, to make the book more relatable to communist students, authors included a lot of propaganda in it. Oddly enough, it can also relate to the modern society. More

  • The Online Community That Teaches Kids How To Get Sick And Skip School

    Social network VKontakte, known as Russia’s answer to Facebook, has a lot of weird communities. One of them, “How to skip school by being sick”, seems to be popular among teenagers in Russia. As the title implies, kids subscribe to post questions and help others on the ways how to skip school by being sick. […] More

  • Saint Petersburg Preschoolers playing with weapons

    It’s not a secret that Soviet secondary education included military classes where school children used to learn how to handle weapons. A few month ago, RT reported that some Russian lawmakers proposed to reinstate military training in schools citing the positive example of the Soviet Union and claiming that the move would effectively counter draft […] More