Is fascism just around the corner in Russia? That’s what seems to be the hope of many young people there. According to an article in the UK’s Daily Mail, there is a massive youth movement, one of which is called “Nashi” (run by Putin’s Kremlin), which is aiming at destroying any vestiges of democracy the country has remaining, and drive out those who support it – along with foreigners. And this movement is taking a central place in Russia’s political life.
What’s most bizarre about Nashi is one of it’s central tactics: promoting sex among youth! (Do adults seriously think that there is too little of this happening?) Believe it or not, Russia’s government is seeking to increase the population of Russia by staging rallies where young people are organized and moved into special tents arranged in the shape of a heart, called the Love Oasis, where they have sex in order to procreate for the motherland. In addition, mass weddings among these youth take place at the rallies.
I am not making this up. I wish I were.
The Russian government is seeking to reverse the diminishing birth rate, but that’s not all they’re aiming for. They’re aiming at destroying democracy.
Edward Lucas writes, “But the real aim of the youth camp – and the 100,000-strong movement behind it – is not to improve Russia’s demographic profile, but to attack democracy. Under Mr Putin, Russia is sliding into fascism, with state control of the economy, media, politics and society becoming increasingly heavy-handed.”
“Nashi is both a symptom of the way Russia is going – and a means of entrenching the drift to fascism .”
This is Orwellian on so many levels. Just read the article for more.
In a previous post on this blog, I noted how many of Russia’s youth had a favorable view of Stalin. This is because the Russians are rewriting their history, just like the Nazi’s did in the 1930’s. Putin and co. are singing the praises of Stalin’s accomplishments, and dismissing his horrific deeds with shameless ease, calling them “mistakes,” while at the same time decrying the democratic policies of Boris Yeltsin as “weak.”
The article continues, “if Mr Putin has his way, Russian pupils will learn nothing bad about the Soviet empire, which was far bloodier, more brutal – and more recent.”
Mr. Lucas concludes: “If tens of thousands of uniformed German youngsters were marching across Germany in support of an authoritarian Fuhrer, baiting foreigners and praising Hitler, alarm bells would be jangling all across Europe. So why aren’t they ringing about Nashi?”
Isn’t it amazing how sin unaccounted for just moves us into more, and often worse, sins? This serves as an eye-opening lesson on the power of unrepented-of sin. We blow it off at great expense – often to others as well as ourselves.
Those in authority will give the greater account to their Sovereign. Pray for Mr. Putin.