A new official history of Russia to be used in schools will devote an entire chapter to Vladimir Putin's domination of politics since he came to power in 2000, a report said on Monday, informs Hurriyet Daily News. The period from 2000, when Putin took over from Boris Yeltsin, until his election as president for a third-term in 2012 will form a separate section of the history textbook currently being prepared, the Izvestia daily said. "After long consultation it was decided that the textbook should include the history of Russia up to the last presidential elections," an official from the Ministry of education told the daily. "There were many doubts and quarrels but in the end we decided not to diverge from the accepted global practice," the official said. Izvestia, which often serves as a mouthpiece for the Kremlin, reported that Putin himself is said to be against the plan to include him in the book, considering it premature to evaluate many of his initiatives. In turn, Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov denied that the president was involved in the project. This is not the Kremlin's first attempt to draft its own history. In 2007, controversy broke out after Putin endorsed a manual for history teachers justifying Stalin's dictatorship as necessary and promoting the concept of managed democracy.

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