Stealing The Childhood
The number of members of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Youth Army is all set to touch one million in 2020!
The Putin Administration had, some time back, started recruiting orphaned children and adolescents in the Youth Army, training them how to use machine guns and to ride parachutes… Putin’s critics in Russia and abroad are of the opinion that Adolf Hitler, too, had a Youth Brigade. Even in erstwhile Soviet Union, orphans used to join the Armed Forces or KGB (…translated in English as Committee for State Security. It was the main security agency for the Soviet Union from 1954 until its break-up in 1991… and Vladimir Putin had been a rank holder in that organisation, holding important positions in the KGB.)
Although the formation of such a brigade is unethical, the Russian strongman has claimed that Moscow has felt the need for militarisation, as Kremlin’s relations with the Western nations have deteriorated in recent times!
The process of formation of the Youth Army had begun in 2015. Currently, it has 353,000 members. According to sources close to Kremlin, the government has decided to take the number to one million next year. Incidentally, some senior officers of the Russian Army and a section of the political leadership have said that Russian youths are afraid of machine guns and they do not know how to launch grenades.
However, Anna Kuznetsova – the controversial children’s ombudsman and Children’s Rights Commissioner for the President of the Russian Federation – is in favour of recruiting youths in the brigade. She has strongly criticised the experts, who are of the opinion that those children cannot protest against the government’s decisions, as they are under direct control of the state!
Commenting on the issue, Russian Education Minister Olga Vasilyeva was heard mentioning: “The country is facing various threats. It has become important to ensure the national security. No one has ever defended their country with the help of poems or a brush!”
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