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THE STANDARD, SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST (Hong Kong)

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HONG KONG- A five-story-high rubber duck floated into Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour on Thursday morning. Maybe you've seen this before. Maybe not. Maybe you're really not amused?

Well this particular duck happens to be a piece of conceptual art from Dutch sculptor Florentijn Hofman; and the 16.5-meters tall yellow installation is not just a simple super-sizing of a your favorite bathtime friend, but a political statement. Hong Kong's The Standard daily quoted the artist as saying that the duckie "knows no frontiers; it doesn't discriminate or have political connotation."

"The friendly, floating rubber duck has healing properties," says Hofman on his website. "It can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!"

The duck will be on display near Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui until June 9, according to the South China Morning Post.

This isn't the first time the duck has made an appearance -- it's actually on a worldwide tour! From Sydney to Sao Paolo and the Loire Valley in France to Osaka, these ducks are off to see the world!

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Important Things: A Rare Unfiltered Look Inside Russian Schools

In Russian schools, lessons on "important things" are a compulsory hour pushing state propaganda. But not everyone is buying it. Independent Russian media outlet Vazhnyye Istorii spoke to teachers, parents and students about how they see patriotism and Putin's mobilization.

Important Things: A Rare Unfiltered Look Inside Russian Schools

High school students attending a seminar in Tambov, Russia

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MOSCOW — On March 1, schools found themselves on the ideological front line of the Russian-Ukrainian war. At the end of May, teachers were told they would have to lead classes with students called "Lessons about important things." The topic was "patriotism and civic education."

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At the beginning of November, we learned about the revival of an elementary military training course for senior classes. In the teaching materials sent to the teachers, it was stated that a "special peacekeeping operation was going on, the purpose of which was to restrain the nationalists who oppress the Russian-speaking population."

Independent Russian media outlet Vazhnyye Istorii asked several teachers, students and parents about their experiences with the school's attempt to instill patriotism and Russia's partial mobilization of citizens.

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