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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Putin against imperialism: the world festival of youth will surprise you with slogans and panache

World festival of youth and students in Russia promises to be a Grand event. It will cost ten billion rubles, will gather all the Russian Beau Monde (from Vladimir Putin) and some overseas (from Frederic Beigbeder). Dedicated action will Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, and the slogan of the festival says: “Against imperialism!”. One of the organizers called the action “a response to the aggressive policy of the West.”

Photo: the website of the festival.

In 1957 and 1985 for the preparation of the world festivals of youth and students enthusiastically watched the whole country. Now Russian citizens clearly have more important things to do, but it’s expected at least a Grand. XIX festival will open on 14 October in Moscow with a parade of 30 thousand participants who followed self-propelled platforms (this is perhaps not seen since the Soviet demonstrations) will be held from Vasilevsky descent to the Luzhniki stadium. The slogan of the festival says: “Against imperialism!”, the action will cost tens of billions of rubles.

Moscow authorities have pledged 100 million rubles to disperse over the heads of the delegates of the autumn clouds, and Regardie is to provide reliable protection of safety of the parade will take 5 thousand security forces. The next day activists on the aircraft will be transported to Sochi, which is under the organizing Committee decision will be the main event of the festival, including the opening ceremony and the closing, which is expected to take part Vladimir Putin.

In General, a list of partners and guests of the youth forum is striking in the breadth: to conquer a young soul will come the whole Russian establishment, including government Ministers, deputies of the state Duma, academician and even heads of religious denominations.

Support the organizers had all more or less known to public organizations, ranging from Public chamber of the Russian Federation and ending with Fund President Sergei Roldugin. And will put the participants of the festival of fashion designer Igor Chapurin, in due time worked with Lyudmila Putina.

In the budget for 2017 at the youth festival were laid 4,5 billion rubles, but taking into account flights, accommodation and food numerous VIPs (next week, it seems, the whole of Moscow will move to Sochi) final cost will be significantly higher. At least initially the organizers requested the state 13-15 billion rubles, not including sponsorship fees. For the delegates in the amount of 20 thousand people (10 thousand of them foreigners) week stay at the Black sea will be free.

However, if past festivals left a feeling of everlasting feast, and their guests, judging by the staff of newsreel, mostly singing and dancing, this year’s youth rally is more like a serious business forums held under the auspices of the presidential administration.

Young activists are 12 thematic areas on which they will be busy from 9.30 am to 19 PM. Within 5 working days it is planned to have about 300 talks, seminars, lectures, business games and quests. Your day will start with a “morning movement activity”, and in between events to practice “collective reflection”. The festival festival of Russian cinema, the tournament for the delivery TRP, football Championships and master-classes in figure skating.

The first option of the business program, sent to the media in early October (available to the “IC”) looked like greetings from the distant past: as if the organizers had found the message of the participants of the festival in 1985 and decided to put their precepts into practice.

For example, internationally in Sochi was planned to hold a conference on Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, seminars “Methods of imperialist policy: blockade, embargo, sanctions” and “Anti-Communist propaganda.” As well as a discussion about the imperialist character of NATO and the EU in detail disassembled them “aggressive role and military intervention.”

In the latter case these activities do not exist. But as they say, nobody is forgotten: XIX festival in Sochi was devoted to Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and the Secretary General of the Frente Polisario (I would like to know what percentage of youth know what is behind this name?) Mohammed Abdel-Aziz. And the slogan of the event reads: “For peace, solidarity and social justice, we are fighting against imperialism — respecting our past, we build our future!”

“Our festival is a response to the aggressive policies pursued by the West, including NATO and the United States” – does not hide the Chairperson of the international organizing Committee Nicholas Papadimitriou.

However, the Russian organizers who oversaw AP, have tried to provide a youth forum less hostile and more inclusive agenda. Key platform, judging by the list of speakers, will be the session “global policy”, under the patronage of the Ministry of foreign Affairs and international relations.

In addition, Sergei Lavrov, and a whole host of Russian diplomats, active participation will be the speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, the head of the CPRF Gennady Zyuganov and LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky. As foreign guests declared former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who, along with Volodin will hold a panel discussion on the transformation of public administration in the world, and ex-President Cheniti Vaclav Klaus, agreed to speculate about the next generation of diplomats and innovation that they can offer for addressing the global challenges of the XXI century. In turn, the speaker of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova and the lawyer of Snowden, Anatoly Kucherena, will discuss with delegates the role of cyber technologies in modern international politics.

On another site through to the festival theme of innovation will support the head of Ministry Alexander Novak: the topic on which he will perform together with scientists sounds quite a youth: “Quantum breakthrough: hype or a new stage of evolution?”

“The Civil platform” the chief guest declared … traveler Fyodor Konyukhov. A discussion about the role of civil society will be reduced to volunteering and charity that is in line with policy AP.

Before the activists were UN volunteers from Rwanda, South Sudan, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, and as a major philanthropist — 117-th number in the list “Forbs” Igor Rybakov.

The participants of the festival will determine the characteristics of a “future human”, “hospital of the future”, “the sport of the future”, “industry of the future”, etc. this will help them speakers of the session “Images of the future”, which will unite the head of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina, head of CSR Alexei Kudrin, the chief of the accounts chamber Tatyana Golikova and the Hollywood producer David Semel (“house”, “Beverly hills).

Although the forum is no special session, devoted to religion, moral agenda of the event is in good hands. Search braces uniting young people 5 continents, within the site “World culture” will the bishops of the major denominations, for some reason, with the exception of Catholics.

Together with Patriarch Kirill on global challenges, according to the program, will reason an iconic figure of modern literature Frederic Beigbeder, and Vladimir Medinsky, which in contrast to the other Ministers on the theme session took clearly leading role. (Beigbeder has joked that, since his age does not match the target audience of the festival, he will improvise on their lost youth and try to talk about what he wanted to hear when I was young).

Supreme mufti, the Khambo-Lama, Oleg Menshikov, Vladimir Menshov, Nikita Mikhalkov and others will talk to delegates about freedom and responsibility. Berel Lazar joined with Yuri Bashmet, Igor Krutoy, Michel Legrand and Claude Lelouche got the theme of “culture and peace without borders.”

Although all of these names officially announced by the organizers, some of the guests have not yet confirmed their participation. As reported “MK” the press service of the festival, the program is the latest agreement in which subject to slight changes. However, the main intrigue associated with the possible nomination of Vladimir Putin for a new term in the framework of the festival already took place. Last week, the head of state has publicly pushed back the start of the presidential campaign at the end of November-beginning of December 2017.


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