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Russia's new youth movement leaders set out its political goals
Moscow, 26 May: The federal commissar of Nashi [Russ: "our lads" or "our kind"] movement Vasiliy Yakemenko has announced the plans of his organization to initiate the replacement of the "old generation" of officials with "young blood" within two to three years.
"Our attitude to the generation of defeatists is clear: they failed to ensure Russia's global leadership. Russia needs a new generation of officials. Nashi intend to start replacing this generation of officials within two to three years," Yakemenko said at a news conference in Moscow today.
He reminded the audience that a special school of management is currently working in Moscow "with the purpose of training Nashi commissars". "They are training top-level specialists which our country will require. It is essential to get rid of all those bureaucrats," Yakemenko stressed.
He is upset about the fact that in Russia "an official would never resign even if he is not efficient". "He continues working with no appreciation of the country's strategy. We need specially designed procedures and appropriate measures for replacing old officials with young specialists," the federal commissar said.
Yakemenko also said that a large training camp for Nashi commissars will be set up on the banks of Seliger lake between 11 and 26 July. "The training will consists of extensive educational programmes, as well as discussing plans for the organization's future. We shall have tourism and sports activities and will be helping in restoration of churches and monasteries," he said.
There will also be master classes held in the camp by prominent politicians and political analysts whom Nashi organization is currently trying to engage.
Another federal commissar of the Nashi movement, Natalya Lebedeva, announced that its next action will be the opening of a civilian society centre in Groznyy. "The aim of this centre will be to fight against fascism and against bullying in the army, as well as to fight for the freedom of speech," Lebedeva said.
Such centres will be opened in all towns where Nashi movement branches exist, she said.