A branch of pro-Kremlin youth movement plagiarizes Goebbels
Conservative Russian pro-govt astroturf youth movements have been called “Putinjugend” for a long time now. It all started with “Idushchie vmeste” (“Walking together”) and the public destruction of books of Russian writer Vladimir Sorokin, which reminded every thinking person of the Nazi book burnings. Their aggressive tactics, ultra-patriotic, anti-liberal rhetoric didn’t help them to get rid of the label. Just recently one of these organizations, MGER (Molodaya Gvardiya Edinoj Rossii, The Young Guards of the United Russia) published an article on its site calling for some kind of a “punishment” for the “fascist” opposition journalist Oleg Kashin (several months later Kashin was savagely beaten and only recently woke up from coma; note that I’m not implying that there is a necessary connection). Now this:
Blogger Yarsolidarnosc discovered more unsavory activity by pro-Kremlin movements. In Yaroslavl, Steel, the student branch of the pro-Putin youth movement Nashi, posted on its site a document titled, “The Movement’s Commandments of Honor.” They simply translated the “Ten Commandments of National Socialism” written by Joseph Goebbels with “Russia” replacing “Germany” and without reference to Jews: “Your Homeland is Russia. Love it above all others and in deed more than word. The enemies of Russia are your enemies. Hate them with all your heart. Be proud of Russia. You have to right the be proud of a homeland for which millions have given their lives.”
According to gazeta.ru, Ruslan Maslov, a Stal activist in Yaroslavl, decided to draw up “The Movement’s Commandments of Honor.” Perhaps he felt his fellow Stalists needed some point by point direction. The commandments’ eight points are as follows:
1. Your fatherland is Russia. Love it above all others and in deed more than word.
2. The enemies of Russia are your enemies.
3. Every compatriot, even the lowliest, is a part of Russia. Love him like you love yourself!
4. Demand only duties of yourself. Then Russia will regain justice!
5. Be proud of Russia! You must honor the fatherland for which millions have given their lives.
6. Remember, if someone takes away your rights, you have the right to say “NO!”
7. Uphold what you must without shame when Great Russia is concerned!
8. Believe in the future. Then you can become the victor!
Your usual nationalist claptrap for the youth. The only problem is that it’s a little to close to Joesph Goebbels “Ten Commandments of a National Socialist.” The Reich Minister’s youth primer reads:
1. Germany is your Fatherland; love it above all, and more in deeds than in words.
2. Germany’s enemies are your enemies; hate them with all your heart.
3. Every compatriot, even the lowliest, is part of Germany; love him as you love yourself.
4. Demand only duties for yourself then Germany will also regain rights and privileges.
5. Be proud of Germany; you have a right to take pride in a Fatherland for which millions have their lives.
6. He who abuses Germany abuses you and your deceased; repay him with your fists!
7. Repay like with like and then some. If you are denied your just rights, remember: you can secure them again only through your own political movement.
8. Do not be a hooligan anti-Semite–but beware of the Berliner Tageblatt!
9. Live your life in such a way that one day you will not need to stand ashamed before a new Germany.
10. Have faith in the future; only thus will you win it.
[The above is partially incorrect because the “commandments” were plagiarized not by Maslov but by another “Stal’” member.]
Note that “Nashi” is formally an “anti-Fascist” movement.
From this item you can see who they consider to be the Fascists: liberals.
PS: the screenshot of the “commandments”:
Discussion with a “Steel” member, Vkontakte group administrator Ruslan Maslov who compares the “commandments” and concludes:
Our “commandments of honor” are not like National Socialists’, although they have something in common in part, because both have the same goal - prosperity of the Motherland.