Skip to comments.With eye on youth, Putin hails Komsomol
Posted on 10/29/2013 7:04:08 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Russias President Vladimir Putin has congratulated the long-defunct Komsomol, the youth wing of the Soviet Communist Party, on the 95th anniversary of its establishment, as the Kremlin seeks to revive a mass youth movement loyal to authorities.
In a message read out to 6,000 guests at a Kremlin function to mark the occasion, Mr. Putin called the Komsomol anniversary an important date in the history of our state, in the lives of millions of people both in Russia and far outside its borders.
Because Komsomol is not only politics, it is true friendship and love, student years and the romantic appeal of new roads, common goals and dreams, and what is most important it is being part of the fate of your homeland, Mr. Putin said.
Komsomol, or VLKSM, an acronym for the All-Union Lenin Communist Union of Youth, was established in 1918, a year after the Bolshevik Revolution, and disbanded in 1991 when the Soviet Communist Party was banned in the wake of a failed coup organised by hardline party leaders. Revitalisation
However, Mr. Putin expressed confidence that the time-tested VLKSM traditions would be revitalised by modern youth groups.
After the Russian Communist Party was reconstituted in 1993, it revived Komsomol.
Mr. Putins surprise glorification of Soviet-era Komsomol shows that the Kremlin is going to redouble its efforts, so far unsuccessful, to build a broad-based, pro-government youth movement to counter the growing number of young people joining the opposition ranks.
Russian Internet users jeered Mr. Putins praise for Komsomol.
Putin has good reason to pay tribute to Komsomol because its activists today make the Forbes list of Russian billionaires, the backbone of his regime, a blogger wrote on Russias biggest social network VKontakte.
Communism is and always was a CARTOON...
Logical the kids would like it..
Kommosol is toontown without Jessica Rabbit.. but with all the evil..
Er, Vlad, if nobody bothers to have any children, you’re not going to have much of a youth movement.
Putin had a muslim bastard son with his muslim Tatar girlfriend. He knows that Russia’s future is muslim.
‘Nineteen Eightyfour’ had this advice for lovelorn comrade husbands:
If your wife balks this weekend, remind her that procreation is a duty owed to the Party. Success or not, it’s the effort counts.
Sweet talk: “Comrade spouse, you looked fetching earlier today in your new jack boots at the collective merchandise mart.”
Not sure how Putin can celebrate a communist organization while he himself claims to be Orthodox Christian...unless he just plays at that. But clearly he must see that a God believing Russia is far better for his people and their productivity overall. Better he should be shooting for a new youth scouting movement based on some of the ideals of the American Boy Scouts of the 1960s which were actually pretty universal in scope.
If nothing else, it could rub salt into some of the wounds of what once was this country.
back in the USSR...
So...if Putin and Russia go Commie again....do the Free Trader folks push a Free Trade deal like w Communist China?