Monday 29 May 2017

Russia to build Reichstag replica for children to storm at theme park

Russia's defence minister said the replica at the Patriot Park just outside Moscow will be smaller than life-size (Balashova Olga/Defence Ministry Pool Photo via AP)
Russia's defence minister said the replica at the Patriot Park just outside Moscow will be smaller than life-size (Balashova Olga/Defence Ministry Pool Photo via AP)

A replica of the Reichstag building in Berlin is being built by the Russian military as a playground for children to attack at a theme park, the country's defence minister announced.

Sergei Shoigu said the replica at the Patriot Park just outside Moscow will be smaller than life-size.

He added that the idea is for Yunarmia members "to storm a specific location, not something abstract".

The Yunarmia, or Young Army, was created in 2015 to encourage patriotism among the young and teach them basic military skills.

The German government had no immediate comment to Mr Shoigu's statement, which comes amid a bitter strain in Russia's ties with the West.

Mr Shoigu said the theme park will also feature a replica of Second World War-era Soviet army positions and a forest guerrilla base.

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