Putin’s Youth Camps: the New Hero-Worship

Again, “Russia is resurrecting”, right… [[well, something is]].

(Sergei L. Loiko – Los Angeles Times) They wake up to the Russian national anthem and gather near the main stage lined with huge portraits of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his boss (on paper at least), President Dmitry Medvedev, where they do their morning exercises to music interrupted periodically by recorded quotations from both leaders.

As the day goes on, they are taught how to keep secrets from journalists, how to be active on the Internet, how to set up youth organizations and how to raise funds. They are trained in martial arts by an expert from the Vladimir Putin Fight Club and instructed to read books suggested by Putin.

One thing they don’t need to be taught is to adore Putin. They already do. [[Read More]]