). These GONGO s are meant to orient public participation into accepted limits fixed by the state, often mimicking and duplicating grassroot organizations. For example, pro-regime youth groups, such as Nashi (Ours), Molodaia gvardia (Young guard), or Mestnye (Locals), were created in the mid-2000s with
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); Nashi literaturnye spory (M: GAKhN, 1927). 3. See, for example, P. Kogan, 'Rossiiskaia akademiia khudozhestvennykh nauk," Kultur i zhizn (M), No. 1 (1922), pp. 42-44; '0 zadachakh Akademii i ee zhurnala,' Iskusstvo (M), No. 1 (1923), pp. 5-12; '"Rossiiskaia Akademiia khudozhestvennykh nauk
counterparts in Russia, in large part because the state in China is not as suspicious of activists defending the environment as is the Russian state.
It is well known that the youth organization Nashi , which is the main subject of Lasnier’s analysis, was created in the mid-2000s at the behest of members of
The first step towards shaping an anti-orange politics was the creation of the generously sponsored pro-Kremlin youth political movement Nashi (“Ours!”) in 2005. This was not a regular youth political movement, as Horvath fairly stated: “Nashi was a far more serious enterprise”. 58 Since
consumption and adulteration. His most recent publications include: “‘Tovarishchi’ ili ‘nashi drugo-vragi’? Agrarnyi vopros, terrorizm i vzaimootnosheniia partii sotsialistov-revoliutsionerov s nemetskoi i rossiiskoi sotsial-demokraticheskimi partiiami v 1902–1914 gg.,” Sud’by demokraticheskogo socializma v
. 41-42. 13. P. N. Tkachev, "Nashi budushchie prisiazhnye," Vremia, no. 4 (1863), p. 119. 14. "Eshche o mirovykh sud'iakh," p. 272. 'Am-
real reasons existed which would militate against the introduction of the jury into the Russian legal system.'' Tkachev, however, did not accept the
to spread op- position views. Putin's federal reforms systematically undermined the power of regional governors to act independently of the Kremlin. In 2005 young people were being mobilized into pro-Putin groups such as Nashi to provide an alternative to opposition activity, as well as to serve as
production and collecting of sculpture. Publications such as Fedor Bulgakov’s Nashi khudozhniki , an illustrated reference book of contemporary artists, and his luxury photogravure album Venera i Apollon , reinforced the association of sculpture with nude mythological figures. 59) Artists such as Robert
small membership, the effectiveness of youth groups in Serbia – 2000, Georgia – 2003 and Ukraine – 2004 emphasized the necessity of controlling such a scenario.
The resulting youth group – Nashi (ours) – pitted the “us” of the regime against the “them” of the opposition and the West,