On May 19, Russia celebrated the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the pioneer organization, which was extremely popular during the Soviet period. Even though it has ceased to exist for more than 30 years, the ideas of the pioneers are still alive.
The Communist Party of the Russian Federation accepted, at a solemn ceremony on Red Square in Moscow, about 5 thousand schoolchildren as pioneers. The oath of "loyalty to Lenin and the Communist Party for the service of the Motherland and the people" was taken by schoolchildren from the Moscow region and the regions of the Central Federal District.
The head of the Communist Party, Gennady Zyuganov, and State Duma deputies honoured veterans of the party, Komsomol, war and labour, and addressed the pioneers with congratulations. "Love your country, study well, help those who find it difficult, serve the great motherland and be an example in everything," Zyuganov addressed the schoolchildren.
Earlier, a draft law on the creation of the All-Russian movement of children and youth was submitted to the State Duma. It defines the legal status, goals of the activity, and management procedure of the public-state all-Russian movement of Children and Youth "Big Change".
According to the law, the movement is a mass non-profit self-governing organization to promote State policy in the interests of children and youth. The "Big Change" movement also aims to participate in the upbringing of children, their professional orientation, and the organization of leisure activities for children and youth.
It provides for voluntary participation in the movement, equality of rights of its participants, and openness of its activities. The participants need to be over six years old, studying in primary and secondary education. Adults who have completed secondary education programs can also participate as mentors. Mentors cannot be foreign agents and persons affiliated with them.
The structure of the movement will include regional, local and primary branches, whit Congress as its supreme governing body. Moreover, it will also create a supervisory board, a coordinating council and a management board. The Chairman of the Management Board is appointed and dismissed by the President of the Russian Federation and will be considered a civil servant.
The pioneer organization was established in 1922. In the early years of the Soviet regime, pioneers helped homeless children, struggled with illiteracy, collected books and organized libraries. They worked on collective farms and in the fields and wrote letters to newspapers or the relevant authorities about violations that they noticed around. During the entire existence of the All-Union Pioneer Organization, more than 210 million people were involved in its activity. Will the Kremlin manage to give the same scale to the revived pioneer movement?
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