The Kremlin is financing the Putin-Jugend’s summer camp at Lake Seliger in Tver Oblast, according to Oleg Kozlovsky, coordinator of the liberal youth movement, Oborona.
Speaking in an interview with Radio Svoboda, Kozlovsky said that the summer camp’s host, Nashi, can no longer be considered a non-governmental organisation given that the state finances most of its operations.
In fact, Nashists –and other similar organisations, such as Mestnye or Molodaya Gvardiya,– serve the political interests of certain people in power, Kozlovsky said.
Ilya Yashin, one of the leaders of the democratic opposition movement, Solidarity, asked Russia’s Prosecutor General, Yuri Chaika, to investigate whether it was legal to allocate state funds for the organisation of the Nashist camp.
The summer camp’s official organiser is, in fact, the Federal Agency on Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh), which allocated around RUR 75mn (EUR 1.7mn) from the budget of the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs for the event.
Moreover, Rosmolodezh told local governments across Russia to finance the transport costs of local Nashi activists to Lake Seliger. The director of Rosmolodezh is Vasily Yakemenko, former leader of the Nashists.