: Guardian: Putin judo book to be distributed to millions of Russian schoolchildren

10:00 Jul. 4, 2016

Guardian: Putin judo book to be distributed to millions of Russian schoolchildren

Russian President Vladimir Putin, top, competes against a member of Russian national judo team during Russia's national Judo team training session in the resort city of Sochi, Russia, Jan. 8, 2016 (AP Photo)

Sport's history published by president's old friend and judo partner who has made billions of dollars from state contracts

A judo book written by president Vladimir Putin and an influential oligarch will be distributed to millions of schoolchildren in Russia.

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The book, a history of the sport entitled Gentle Way, was announced as part of a ceremony in Moscow to unveil Russia's judo team for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.

Putin's co-author was his old friend Arkady Rotenberg, who is chairman of the publishing house involved, Enlightenment, and whose companies have made billions of dollars from state contracts in recent years.

Along with an instructional book called The Art of Judo: From Play to Mastery written by Rotenberg and two judo experts, and 90 laminated cards for training, Putin's book will be given out this autumn to 7 million schoolchildren in the first to fourth grades, according to Enlightenment's president, Vladimir Uzun. Full story

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