When failure is not an option

Members of the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi (...

This Saturday, the scary but increasingly useless pro-Kremlin youth group “Nashi” had a rally in central Moscow. They bussed in thousands of kids. Many of them, a friend noted, were carrying shopping bags because the free trip to the capital is usually how they get these kiddos — 70,000 of them — to the rally.

Also, the souvenirs were great. Each rally participant got a single bullet on a necklace.

But because there’s no free trip to Zara, there was, as there always is, a catch: homework. This time, the kids were told, go home, make a movie about the World War II veteran in your life. You have until the end of the year. And if you fail at your mission to participate in this massive oral history project for which Nashi people have been canvassing Moscow for weeks, you have but one option: take that souvenir bullet, and shoot yourself.

“People asked me, ‘But what if I run out of time for making the tape?’” said Nashi commissar Maria Kislitsyna. “Well, take that bullet and think. And if you can’t think of the answer, ask a veteran — they’ll help you out!”

via Kommersant

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3 Responses to When failure is not an option

  1. zed244 says:

    Julia, Julia …You are making one mistake after another .. Alex

  2. Kim Zigfeld says:

    I think you are being too harsh on Nashi. I feel quite confident in saying that if the movie couldn’t for some reason be made, Nashi would be perfectly happy to accept using the bullet to kill an independent journalist like Politkovskaya or Estemirova rather than the Nashist her/him/self. After all, Nashi is a group of intelligent, reasonable, elite Russian patriots culled to be the best and brightest. It’s just an odd accident that their name sounds just like “Nazi.”

    • zed244 says:

      The problem was not with Julia making fun of Nashi – this is OK, they frequently deserve it, everyone does this & no one would really object – it was her unfortunate choice to criticize them for *this* particular project of theirs. One must be totally culturally blind to do that. Alex

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