The Russian government will invest 777 million rubles ($26 mln) in propagating patriotism in the next 15 years in line with a state program aimed at increasing patriotic consciousness, a Russian business daily said on Tuesday.
As the Culture Ministry and Youth Federal Agency are responsible for publishing patriotic books and promoting museums, Russian law enforcement bodies will also contribute to boosting patriotism, Vedomosti daily said.
Russia's Federal Drug Control Service will receive 4 million rubles (about $133,000) for promoting an anti-drug campaign among the youth, Vedomosti said
The federal penitentiary service will also create a museum of the Russian penitentiary system. Young service workers will become familiar with both positive and negative cases in history about prisons and corrective labor camps, Vedomosti cited the spokesman of the federal penitentiary service as saying.
In May, the Russian Communications Ministry asked the government to allocate 500 million rubles (about $16 million) for a $24-million project to produce computer games aimed at boosting patriotism among the youth and promoting Moscow's vision of the "historic truth."
However, Russian presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich then told Vedomosti though the project was interesting, he was not sure whether it needed government support.
The Kremlin views encouraging patriotism and preventing attempts to distort history, especially about World War Two, as a key element in its efforts to consolidate the nation.
MOSCOW, October 12 (RIA Novosti)