Sarah Blesener. Time
Time: Inside Russia’s Military Training Schools for Teens
The schools are part of Vladimir Putin's push for a new youth army movement
One morning this spring, Sarah Blesener, an American documentary photographer, got a chance to visit a school in the Moscow suburb of Dmitrov, where lessons in basic military training are available to students a few times a week. She was expecting to see kids in uniforms, saluting the flag and doing drills, much like the courses one might find in U.S. high schools that offer programs for cadets. Instead she found a classroom of students, some as young as 11, learning to assemble and load Kalashnikov assault rifles. Out in the schoolyard, a safety lesson focused on the proper use of biohazard suits in the event of nuclear or chemical fallout.
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WNU Editor: These camps have been in Russia forever. I was at one of them for two years (in summer) when I was in my teens. I had a blast. Learned how to disassemble, clean, and put together my first Kalashnikov and Makarov pistol .... and yes .... fire it after (under supervision of course).
Update: The critics of these Russian camps are now all coming out ..... but these Russian camps are nothing like what is now happening in Ukraine .... Campfire Songs and Kalashnikovs (Foreign Policy).