The Russian State Duma received a bill that requires mandatory singing of the Russian national anthem in schools at the beginning of each school week, Joinfo.ua reports referring to the document published on the website of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
The explanatory note to the bill says that the majority of school students do not know the text of the Russian anthem.
"Ignorance of the state symbols, including the text of the National Anthem, is not conducive to the formation of patriotic consciousness and readiness to perform civic and constitutional duties to protect the interests of the Motherland."
The document proposes to establish the performance of the hymn as mandatory activity at the beginning of each new school week.
"The bill proposes to establish a celebratory assembly, devoted to the beginning of classes in a new school week with the performance of the National Anthem of the Russian Federation, as a mandatory activity, which fully complies with the Federal constitutional law".
Maksim Shingarkin, the MP from the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia and the author of the bill, notes that the practice of performance of the anthem not only before the start of a school year already exists in some regions of the Russian Federation. In particular, in the Kostroma and Belgorod regions, the anthem is performed before the classes every day, in Chechnya – every week, and in Ingushetia – every month.
According to Shingarkin, the weekly performance of the anthem "will promote patriotic education" of students.
Currently, the law "On the national anthem of the Russian Federation" provides for the performance of the anthem only before the first lesson of the day of the new school year as well as during special events.