Kadyrov Youth

“Who has the youth, has the future!” Post-Soviet states are particularly keen to the importance of capturing youth. This is witnessed in the revival of Diet-Komsomol and Young Pioneer-lite groups like Nashi and Mishki in Russia or the Republican Youth League of Belarus. Now you can add one more group to the list: the Young Kadyrovtsy.

“In the face of my comrades, I solemnly swear: I will devote all my strength, knowledge and intellect to [the] cause of serving the Motherland! I will always follow the laws of the Kadyrovtsy!” a group of schoolchildren were shown declaring to a Chechen flag in a television report on the new movement. Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov is fertilizing his cult of personality with his own version of the Young Pioneers.


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