History, traditions

Stability v. Constitution

It seems that our youth has troubles making choices

Apparently, everyone has already forgotten about the “Walking Together” movement. Where were they walking, God only knows… So, here we are today… Finally, in 2004 a new star has risen on the political horizon—a new youth movement entitled “For Stability.” Kids appear to be rather active indeed: the movement is only a week old and there are already 3 protests behind their shoulders. All of them took place in March.

The first protest, which took place on the first day of spring resulted in a direct hit in the bull’s-eye. The next day they all woke up famous. They could hear the news on TV, read about it in the newspapers. Activists, who gathered at the Mayakovsky monument in the downtown Moscow, had called out to extend presidential term to 10 years. So that theoretically, Russian president could rule the country in the course of 20 consequent years.

Members of the movement strongly believe in the president's powers to govern the country for such a long time. After all, according to them, stability is more important. They all sincerely think that such extension of the presidential term will “assure their carefree existence, allow them to study and not think about whether Russia will ever go back to its Communist past.” However, as they also note, “it is rather difficult to attain full peace of mind in times of such political race for power.”

Demonstration №2 took place a couple of days ago on the Pushkin's square. Unlike their first “mission”, this one did not really have any obvious goals. A large number of young people, all wearing white T-shirts with the name of the movement, marched back and forth along the alley.

The movement's leader, 20-year-old student Alexei Ivanov explained to the “Vremya Novostei” correspondent that his organization neither represents a wing of “Walking Together”, nor does it have anything to do with the “Unified Russia” political party, but a totally independent organization.

“We are trying to help the president. No one is doing a thing to help him,” complained Ivanov. Then, he pointed out specific goals of the movement. “We are sort of for democracy. Democracy however represents an ideal. And for every model there needs to be a correction factor. In this case, such factor is that of a strong hand, authoritative power.

Privatization for instance was done illegally in our country. We want oligarch’s money to be returned to its motherland and invested in education, science and army. Also, Russia needs to get rid of its shady businesses. We fully support those reforms introduced by the Putin’s government and think that they have strong potential to make Russia the world’s number one country.”

Yesterday's press-conference has struck the last cord. The conference took place in the press-center of the Independent Institute of Press under the following title: “Youth wants to change Russian Constitution.”

An open letter to delegates of the State Duma and the Federation Counsel as well as a statement concerning the formation of a specialized group to collect signatures for the purpose of conducting a referendum to change Russian Constitution were intended to be introduced at the arrangement. “PRAVDA.Ru” correspondent attempted to contact the movement representatives by phone. However, right after hearing the name of our organization, they hang up. All further attempts also failed.

Well, well, dear kids, so you support the so-called “sort of democracy”… . Putin, whose name is so commonly used these days, will definitely be “happy”. If only our youth had some idea of what they are really doing and whose ideas they are trying to defend. They simply want to take place of the “Walking Together” movement. There is more. Activists seem to be unaware of such meanings as “moderate” and “radical”. If they are moderate, then who are the radicals?

Oksana Chmilikova

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