Disturbing echo of youth group that lauds Putin

Times Online | Dec 9, 2006

Allegations of violence persist and civil rights campaigners worry that the group was created as a bulwark against a Ukrainian-style range Revolution
 
“We will put an end to the unnatural union of oligarchs and anti-Semites, liberals and Nazis,” it was proudly proclaimed at the 2005 inauguration of the new Russian youth movement Nashi. However, Nashi are not the only ones who allude to Nazism when talking about the group.

Nashi, meaning “ours”, has been compared — particularly by the liberals they deride — to the Hitler Youth and to its Soviet-era analogue, the Komsomol. Allegations of violence persist and civil rights campaigners worry that the group was created as a bulwark against a Ukrainian-style range Revolution. In the two years since their creation, they have grown to claim more than 65,000 adherents, most in their teens and early twenties.

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