Mizulina: school anti-corruption talks are not patriotic
The Federation Council decided to check St. Petersburg schools, where the subject was allegedly discussed with the students.
Omsk Senator Elena Mizulina gave a speech at the Council of Federation, expressing her fears on the fact that patriotism class in some schools had been replaced with anti-corruption one.
"Teachers show international ratings in that class, and Russia is far from being on the top there", RIA Novosti quoted the senator. This has been the case in several St. Petersburg educational institutions, she added.
Indeed, Russia ranked 131 in Corruption Perceptions Index 2016.
Naturally, Mizulina considered having this kind of classes a "dangerous trend," although she was challenged by her counterpart, Senator Lyudmila Narusova, representing the Tyva. She is also the widow of late St. Petersburg Governor Anatoly Sobchak.
Narusova stressed that "if schoolchildren and teachers want to be proud of their non-corrupt country, this is what patriotism is. It is not a pretty picture we love our motherland for."
Another former St. Petersburg Governor, Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko instructed the Education Committee of the upper house of parliament to look into Mizulina's reports.
We should remind that last Sunday’s anti-corruption rallies all around Russia involved a lot of schoolchildren. Over 40 children were detained in Moscow alone.
The city police detained two officers of the Russian FSB and the deputy chief of the Internal Affairs Directorate for the North-East Administrative District Department of the Interior Ministry of Russia for Moscow, who are suspected of bribe-taking.