– Communist Party of the Russian Federation Receives 5,000 Boys and Girls into Young Pioneers in Red Square Ceremony; Bolsheviks Founded Pioneers in 1922 to Indoctrinate Youth for Party Membership
Pictured above: No, this is not a photo of Red Square in 1982 but, rather, 2012. The Putinist regime uses the Victory Day military parade to glory in Russia’s Soviet legacy. Canada’s National Post has a gallery of pics of this May 9 event here.
Two days after the NATO summit wrapped up in Chicago, Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces launched a brand-new intercontinental ballistic missile from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwest Russia. The projectile with its dummy warhead successfully struck a designated target thousands of miles away on the Kamchatka Peninsula, in Far East Russia. “The new ICBM will strengthen the combat capability of the strategic missile forces thanks to its ability to penetrate prospective missile defence systems,” boasted the Russian Defense Ministry, no doubt referring to NATO’s anti-missile batteries in the “ex”-communist states of Poland and Romania.
The latter is a bone of contention between Moscow and Washington, which insists the North Atlantic Alliance needs to be protected from missile attacks from “rogue states” like Iran and North Korea. NATO has acknowledged its willingness to cooperate with Russia on European security, but has rejected Moscow’s proposal to jointly operate the missile defense network. Without a cooperation deal, the Kremlin has sought guarantees from the USA that any future missile defence will not target Russia, and on several occasions has threatened to take military countermeasures if no deal is inked.
The Russian Defense Ministry did not offer a name for the new ICBM, but some military analysts suspect the weapon is a modified Topol-M that uses a more advanced propellant. The Kremlin did admit, however, that the missile was launched from a road-mobile carrier. The Russian military also announced that it had commissioned a new early warning radar this week. The Voronezh-M-type facility in Irkutsk has an improved range compared to older Soviet-era radars.
Two weeks ago, on May 7, “ex”-communist and career Chekist Vladimir Putin re-occupied the Russian Federation presidency, after four years of holding the post of prime minister. As before, in 2008, Putin switched posts with lackey Dmitry Medvedev. In both capacities, Putin has been the visible and not-so-pleasant face of the neo-Soviet leadership since 1999.
To make sure the West trembles before Russia’s military might, Putin was not content to launch the country’s latest ICBM but also, two days after his re-installation, presided over the annual Victory Day military parade. At that time, 14,000 impassive Russian servicemen marched past his Red Square platform, followed by rumbling T-90 tanks and mobile ICBM launchers. In his Victory Day speech, which commemorates the Allied triumph over Nazi Germany, he intoned:
Russia consistently conducts its policy for strengthening security in the world, and we have the great moral right to fundamentally and insistently stand up for our position. Your courage and ability to love and defend your homeland will never recede into the past and will remain the hallmark of morals, patriotism and sense of civic duty in the eyes of the younger generation.
To reassure Western communists that Russia’s rulers are still committed to world revolution, notwithstanding Putin’s nationalist rhetoric, the soldiers and military hardware passing through Red Square on May 9 did so under enormous hammer-and-sickle banners. We got the message, Vlad, loud and clear.
To make sure freedom-loving Russians, who objected to his re-election back in March, no longer voice their opposition, Putin directed the State Duma to pass heavy fines for unauthorized protests. The new law raises fines for participating in unsanctioned rallies from 5,000 rubles (US$160) to 1,000,000 rubles (US$32,250). Although United Russia lost its supermajority in December, Putin’s political support group in the Russian parliament still commands a small majority over the other three parties represented there (Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Just Russia, and Liberal Democratic Party of Russia).
The day before Putin’s inauguration, a demonstration of 20,000 people turned ugly after some protesters tried to march on the Kremlin but were repelled by Moscow’s “finest.” Scores were injured in clashes and hundreds were detained as police chased oppositionists around the Russian capital.
On May 22, Moscow police again quickly rounded up several members of the liberal Yabloko party, who attempted to protest the new bill outside parliament. Yabloko leader Sergei Mitrokhin contended that the law was intended to crush dissent. “A direct signal is being made by those in power: Sit down and keep quiet!” Mitrokhin told reporters before his detention. Just Russia leader Sergei Mironov, who fell out with the Kremlin several years ago, described the anti-protest bill as “odious” and intended to “shut the people’s mouth.”
During the debate in parliament, Communist deputy Valentin Romanov asserted that the Kremlin concocted the new sanctions against protests “in anticipation of anger against upcoming unpopular social reforms.” Comrade Romanov said: “It’s a pre-emptive move preceding a rise in social protests across the country.” During a round-table discussion on Thursday, party boss Gennady Zyuganov opined: “This law is a provocation. We will not support it. The main reason for the mass protests is the deepening [European] financial and economic crisis, turning into a political one.”
Since the stage-managed collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Soviet communists have held aloft the red banner of world revolution. This week they passed this banner to a new generation. Kremlin-run Russia Today reports that on Monday more than 5,000 boys and girls be-draped with red ties and side caps flooded onto Red Square to be received into the ranks of the Young Pioneers. The Bolsheviks founded the Pioneers 90 years ago to indoctrinate the youth of the newly captive nation and, after 1993, the CPRF resurrected the organization to recruit youth.
Historically, after passing through the ranks of the Young Pioneers, Soviet children graduated to the Communist Youth League, which prepared young adults for full membership in the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. For example, Russian Prime Minister Medvedev and Julia Tymoshenko, the imprisoned former PM of Ukraine, were both subjected to Komsomol indoctrination. The CPRF maintains its own version of the Komsomol too.
Addressing the burgeoning communists, Chairman Zyuganov said: “Pioneers have always been model examples of how to love one’s motherland, how to be a good and honorable student, and how to help one’s elders and juniors alike.” The children who were sworn in on Sunday came from Moscow and surrounding regions. CPFR spokesman Yury Afonin explained that there were also delegations from 30 different regions across the country, including Siberia and beyond. Afonin insists “It isn’t just a tradition; they are doing real work with the children.” Yes, indeed, real work like inculcating Marxism disguised as Russian patriotism.