- Russian defence minister and close Putin ally Sergei Shoigu wants to build a cadet school for girls in Crimea
- Existing schools teach 10 to 17-year-old girls to handle weapons, cook, clean, sew and fight terrorists
- Make-up and mobile phones are banned at the centres critics have likened to Nazi Germany’s Hitler Youth
Putin’s specialist military cadet schools for girls are set to get a major boost – teaching youngsters with frilly white bows in their hair to handle rifles and grenades.
Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu wants to expand the country’s special cadet schools for girls, and aims to open one in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula his forces annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
Vladimir Putin’s youth army, a separate organisation for boys and girls, has grown massively to 192,500 members since it was founded in May 2016.
Critics say both groups are a sign of increased militarisation in Russia and have likened them to the Hitler Youth.
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