Expect Putin’s Youth Army to Step Up Activity as Russian Election Nears

Expect Putin’s Youth Army to Step Up Activity as Russian Election Nears

Last week in Lake Seliger, Russia, 10,000 Russian youth gathered for a two-week summer camp that involved volleyball sessions, morning exercise, sailing, and in-depth ideological instruction on President Vladimir Putin's policies.

As Russia's government relations with Europe and particularly Britain are entering a new hostile stage, a pro-Putin youth movement called Nashi is playing a uniquely visible role in the Kremlin's campaign against its opponents.

Nashi, or "our guys" in Russian, claims 100,000 members across Russia. The movement emerged in 2005 following the youth-led protests in Georgia and Ukraine in 2004, when the Russian government took a series of measures to make sure similar movements would not thrive in Russia.

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