School notebooks containing pictures of Adolf HItler are causing anger in Russia.
State prosecutors in the western city of Smolensk have questioned the head of a publishing house that printed students' schedule books that feature a picture and brief biography of Hitler along with those of Russian and Soviet historical figures.
An activist group based in the city of Yekaterinburg has asked federal authorities to withdraw the books from shops and schools.
Activists from the Parents Committee of the Urals said on September 5 that placing Hitler's picture in the books, which are used to record assignments, grades, and teachers' remarks, is unethical.
The World War II victory over Germany is celebrated as one of the proudest achievements in Russian history and the Kremlin is sharply critical of anyone it sees as glorifying the Hitler or the Nazis.