Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, November 04, 2013

Inspiration for United Russia's youth groups?

A research topic: similarities between NASHI (and its successor) and Komsomol.

Putin recalls ‘romantic years’ of Soviet youth
The Soviet Union may be long gone but President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB spy, has revealed that he retains fond memories of the Communist Party’s youth wing.

Putin spoke on the eve of the 95th anniversary of the establishment of the Komsomol, the youth division of the Communist Party…

Komsomol poster
The Russian strongman waxed nostalgic, saying memories of one’s Komsomol youth united people from all walks of life, from scientists and public figures to artists and war veterans.

“Because Komsomol is not only politics, it’s true friendship and love, student years and the romanticism of new roads, common goals and dreams and the most important — being part of the fate of your homeland,” he said on Monday…

Membership in the organisation was considered a stepping stone to top jobs, and several generations wore red Komsomol pins featuring Lenin’s profile as a badge of honour…

Putin expressed hope that modern youth groups would find the “time-tested [Komsomol] traditions” useful in their work…

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