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It's a move with a Soviet echo.
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adimir Putin has created a new directorate inside the Russian army to promote patriotism. Around 1 million active military service people will be affected by the presidential decree. Which appears designed to ensure soldiers' loyalty at a time where Moscow was locked in a geopolitical standoff with the west.
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The move evokes memories of the Soviet era, when soldiers were taught Marxism and Leninism by political commissars. Exact details of the new wing haven't been released, but Putin's decree is that it will be responsible for quote military patriotic work. After Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea, seen by the Kremlin as a big success, the military has grown increasingly influential on domestic and foreign policy, especially in Syria.
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Russian commentators have questioned the move, especially with not being completely clear what militarily political work it will do, and in the interests of which political party. Others wondered whether its creation was the start of a wider renaissance in ideological education would draw in schools and colleges. And whether the new instrument would be used to root out young soldiers deemed as too pro-Western.