Kremlin Urged to Teach Children About Russia's 'Fight Against Corruption'

March 31, 2017 — 11:15
— Update: Mar. 31 2017 — 08:44

Kremlin Urged to Teach Children About Russia's 'Fight Against Corruption'

March 31, 2017 — 11:15
— Update: Mar. 31 2017 — 08:44
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev Yekaterina Shtukina / TASS

Russian officials are being urged to hold special talks with local schoolchildren in a bid to “better educate” them on the government's fight against corruption.

In a letter to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian Academic Fund called on the government hold dedicated open days for children in grades five to 11.

The organization — headed by the nephew of Russian President Vladimir Putin — said that children should meet regional leaders and learn how their decisions “improve the quality of life for Russian citizens."

"We would advise paying special attention to explaining anti-corruption policies,” the letter said.

Thousands of Russian demonstrators — including a large number of students and schoolchildren — took to the streets last Sunday to protest against Kremlin corruption.

The rallies followed an investigation by opposition leader Alexei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Fund, which accused Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of masterminding a vast corruption scheme. 

The meetings took place in more than 80 cities across Russia, often without permission from the local authorities.

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the protests on Thursday, comparing them with the beginning of the Arab Spring protests, or Ukraine's Euromaidan demonstrations.