Russian history "Do-Over"
Some of the more interesting nuggets:
Stalin is apparently described as "the most successful Soviet leader ever" and the guide explains his purges and the system of camps for political prisoners as a function of his desire to make the Soviet Union strong.
Mr. Putin in a meeting with teachers apparently stated that killing at 700,000 of one's own fellow citizens at a time of peace and for political reasons is not as bad as the US use of the atomic bomb in World War II.
The manual says "The democtratic political culture that has formed in Russia over many centuries (emphasis added by MH) has become the main instrument of its rebirth and rise." Those pilars of democracy - the czars and the Politburo...
And one of the manual's co-authors had this final words of wisdom:
"Imagine in the U.S. you were told that all your history was awful and nightmarish. I'm sure you'd change the way history was taught too."
So if your history is a bit of a downer, just rewrite it...