The Leader Will Not Give

"Our Choice!"Prior to the visit of Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin to the summer camp of the Kremlin-led youth group, Nashi, in Seliger, Vasily Yakemenko, director of the the Federal Agency on Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh), gave detailed instructions about what and how to speak to the Leader.

Viktor Polevoy, correspondent of business daily Kommersant’s political weekly, Vlast, reports that Yakemenko compiled a list of words that were not to be uttered in Putin’s presence: “Medvedev”, “money”, “president”, “government contract”, “collapsing”, “decadent”, “bad”, “give”, “want”, and “help”.

Yakemenko gave each of the 50 who were selected to speak to Putin instructions on what subjects to take up in their 30 second speech. “I am not giving you orders, I am simply telling you what are the main points that should be raised,” Yakemenko told them. “Either you will heed my recommendations, or you will not speak to Putin.”

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