Platform for Putin, Snowden and Musk. Meduza tells how authorities revived the Soviet “Knowledge” society – and how it threatens Russian online education

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After the fall of the USSR, the famous educational society “Knowledge” officially continued to exist, but carried out practically no activities and quietly dissolved in 2016. At the same time, the revival of Znanie according to the standards of the digital age is a subject of great interest to Vladimir Putin. He has been trying to do this since 2016 and personally participates in New Knowledge marathons. The company began to be flooded with budget billions, a young start-up company Maxim Dreval was appointed CEO, and the most famous speakers, among them Elon Musk, were invited to its events. All this is happening against the background of active attempts by the authorities to bring the entire sphere of education under full state control, and beyond the walls of schools and universities – and updated knowledge should play a key role in this process, public critics say to Meduza.

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