Putin plans to ‘indoctrinate’ schoolgirls as beauty contestants do ‘army course’

V‌ladimir Putin has turned his propaganda machine onto girls as beauty queens and school girls are urged to join his illegal war in Ukraine.

Most of the country’s propaganda war has been aimed at boys, but now it is switching to girls. In the country's Primorsky region schoolgirls aged 15 and 16 have been inducted in “military-patriotic education” for the first time.

And in neighbouring Belarus, beauty pageant contestants were recruited to 'inspire' girls and women to join up and fight for Putin-ally Alexander Lukashenko.

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In Primorsky, 75 schoolgirls were trained in military “basics” including drilling, tactical, fire and physical training, and instruction in radiation, chemical and biological protection.

It was the first “female session” at the Avangard centre for military-patriotic education of the youth.

By the end of the year another 300 girls – and 1,000 boys – will be enrolled on intense five-day courses seen as precursors to military careers or mobilisation.‌

This comes as numbers have swollen in Putin’s Yunarmia, or Young Army, likened to the Hitler Youth, with 1.4 million signed up.

The organisation has been accused of militarisation of young people in Russia.

In Primorsky senior education official Oksana Novikova told the girls: “Love of the Motherland, patriotism, and responsibility have always been instilled in young people, regardless of gender.

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“You are the first in our female team, so I want to wish you good luck, patience and, of course, unlock your potential – go for it.”

In Belarus, contestants from the Miss Belarus 2023 pageant were made to attend a course in military instruction.

Nadezhda Tolstikova, who won the Miss Top Model of Miss Belarus 2023 contest, said: “The impressions are simply amazing, I’ve already practiced shooting, I’ve shot with a rifle, and now it’s just…

“The smell of gunpowder…definitely, I shall return to shooting.”

Colonel Sergei Grebennikov, deputy commander of dictator Lukashenko’s internal troops, suggested the event was aimed at glamorising the military.

“They will see with their own eyes what our strong, respectable guys are capable of,” he said.

A report said girls would be “inspired” to join the military and security services in the repressive state.

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