Local authorities in Russia's Volga Region have authorized the destruction of a batch of 16,600 school notebooks, whose covers laud the success of Nazi aces in dogfights against Soviet pilots during World War II.
The notebooks, which are embossed with Nazi German warplanes, were printed by a local print shop in the town of Penza. About 2,000 of them have already been sold.
"The notebooks, which have been taken out of circulation, will be burnt on November 12 in the presence of an official from a local prosecutor's office," Russia's Prosecutor General's Office said on its website on Thursday.
A local police investigation found that the cover was designed by a local advertizing agency and went to print without proper authorization.
The text on the covers said that the Germans had the best pilots during World War II as at least 15 pilots each shot down some 200-300 Soviet planes.
The Prosecutor General's Office said the covers had a speculative, provocative and anti-patriotic nature, which schoolchildren should not be exposed to.
MOSCOW, November 11 (RIA Novosti)