Russian Kids Spend Summer Goose-stepping

Youth movement an avatar of Putin propaganda
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 31, 2007 4:12 PM CDT
Activists of the pro-Kremlin Nashi (Ours) youth movement work out at their summer camp near to Lake Seliger, some 450 kilometres (281 miles) northwest of Moscow, Tuesday, July 17, 2007. The movement...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In a Soviet Era throwback, a new Russian youth group is said to be providing more than fun and games in its summer camp, the Weekly Standard reports. Nashi, Russian for “Ours,” is said to be an elite indoctrination program; while Russian officials liken it to the Boy Scouts, Nashi also inspires comparisons to Hitler’s Jugend youth movement.

The group, which denies it receives government funding, is intended partly to thwart the development of a pro-Western youth movement like the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine, the Standard claims. During recent visits from dignitaries, Putin spoke out on Western aggression and presidential candidates encouraged members to have large families, to ease demands on the Russian pension system. (Read more Russia stories.)