09:44 15 Mar 2023

russia pushing propaganda to schoolchildren in occupied Mariupol

In the Mariupol district temporarily captured by russian troops, children are forced to start the school week by raising the russian flag and listening to the anthem of the invaders.

Rubryka reports, referring to the Mariupol City Council and the advisor to the mayor of Mariupol, Petro Andriushchenko.

Earlier, the Mariupol city authorities reported that russian invaders were also glorified in the schools of the occupied Mariupol district. Stories of the occupiers with the inscription "Heroes of the Donetsk People's Republic" were put on display in educational institutions.

"In this way, the children of Mariupol are being instilled a false, propagandistic story about the 'liberators' of Mariupol," the city council said.

In his turn, Andriushchenko emphasized that, besides raising the flag and listening to the national anthem, a propaganda lesson, "Conversations about important things," takes place in schools every Monday.

"The schools have become the main source of propaganda on an industrial scale. The cynical use of children to re-educate adults, find dissenters, and control," the advisor to the Mariupol city mayor emphasized.

Andriushchenko added that teachers who have sided with the aggressors are engaged in school propaganda.


On March 13, the Security Service of Ukraine announced that it had exposed 14 more educators-collaborators helping the invaders to russify Ukrainian schools in occupied cities of Mariupol, Donetsk region, and Henichesk, Kherson region.

In particular, law enforcement identified the head of the local "education department" of the "Donetsk People's Republic" terrorist organization in Mariupol.

According to the investigation, she demands the directors of educational institutions organize the educational process according to russian textbooks.

A former deputy of the district council and the headmistress of the local school, who "gives" the invaders the addresses of the homes of the families of members of the resistance movement, were also identified.

In addition, the SBU employees exposed "the dean of the Pedagogical Faculty of the Mariupol State University of the DNR." Together with other teachers, she organized the destruction of Ukrainian textbooks.

They were informed of the suspicion under Art. 111-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (collaborative activity). The sanction of the article provides for deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities from ten to fifteen years.

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