What did being a 'Soviet person' mean?
Komsomol (Communist Youth League) meeting, 1932
EXTRACT FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Orlando Figes, The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia (Penguin, 2007), pp. 26-8.
Through the Pioneers Soviet children experienced a strong sense of social inclusion. Every child wanted to become a Pioneer. It was glamorous and exciting to be a Pioneer, and the red scarf was an important mark of social acceptance and equality...
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Watch this short film of the Pioneers' oath (from a later period). What does it suggest about the political indoctrination of Soviet youth.