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Why russians compare Ukrainians to Nazis in school textbooks

Why russians compare Ukrainians to Nazis in school textbooks

The russian authorities continue to spread anti-Ukrainian propaganda to children. Specifically, the russian duma has recommended adding content to school history textbooks that “draws parallels between the crimes of the Kyiv regime and the structures of the Nazis in the mid-20th century.”

In this way, russia is trying to achieve several propaganda goals:

▫️ justification for the aggression against Ukraine, which is framed as a “fight against the Nazis.”
▫️ mobilizing domestic support by exploiting the sensitive theme of the victory over Nazism, which resonates strongly with russians;
▫️ ideological indoctrination of young people to foster a negative attitude towards Ukrainians, dehumanize them, and cement the image of Ukraine as an enemy in their minds.

These changes to school textbooks are part of russia’s long-term information warfare strategy against Ukraine. The kremlin is fostering hostility towards Ukrainians among young people to leverage this sentiment in the future for its political and military objectives.

  • 21 June, 2024

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