I really wish this was a joke.
With President Putin’s popularity in sharp decline, the Kremlin has set up a new Russian youth movement to ensure its control of the streets in the event of mass anti-government protests.
Hundreds of youths, many belonging to the president’s cultural society “Walking Together”, held a meeting in a house owned by the Kremlin Property Department to launch the group at the weekend. The organisation, which leaders hope will attract 300,000 members, was christened “Nashi” [Ours], a word which in Russian has chilling nationalist overtones.
Are you fucking kidding me? Putin’s putting together his own Hitler Youth, and calls these kids “Nashi”?
Oh, it gets better.
When two outsiders – one from an opposition party, the other a journalist – sneaked into its founding conference, they were humiliated and one was beaten.
Okay, maybe they’re not Hitler Youth 2.0, maybe they’re neo-brownshirts. Or those jackbooted motherfuckers running around near the end of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”.
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