The Soviet tradition – the initiation in pioneers enters our capitalist days with the whole solemnity. As some years age, children are initiated in pioneers the day before the day of Soviet victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany. This year 250 red neckties were put on the young citizens of Siberian city Biysk by the veterans of the Patriotic War. A pioneer necktie is a piece of the Soviet flag which now exists only in the Russian Armed Forces. According to the substitute of the city head Nadejda Rosliakova explaines: the Komsomol and the Pioneer Organization were public organizations, therefore there are any political points in this action. But what is interesting here, it is not the status of the Pioneer Organization. Only the best children will be deserved to be pioneers. The model for the pioneers of the capitalist Russia is not a young hero fighting for freedom of his country, but a businessman, a representative of top management. The organizers of the action say, that only children who want to be leaders will be admitted to pioneers. But today’s pioneers hardly can explain, without special instructions, what it is to be the leader. The members of the Fund AMI-center reports “The Future of the Motherland” from Siberian city of Cheliabinsk tried to revive the same tradition. The proposal addressed to Mr Putin was supported by the Russian President. The new Pioneer organization will bear the name of Yuriy Gagarin, the first Russian cosmonaut.
The head of the Voronezh region, Alexander Gusev, confirmed the death of Major General Vladimir Zavadsky.