The conference of the Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots held in Tallinn in mid-June, had speeches, elected a new leadership and several important areas of activity were identified, was severely criticized by Sergei Tschaulin.
Tschaulin, who is a member of the board of “Russian Compatriots in Europe”, asked why none of the people present had taken part in any of his pickets in support of Sergei Seredenko.
Tschaulin was also critical of the activities of the Council of Russian Compatriots in Estonia, saying that it was a gathering of people over 60 years of age. „They do nothing new nor change anything. There are not enough young people, or their enthusiasm. They need new blood, they need young people who need to be trained, but unfortunately, we do not. ”
Gennady Sukhov, one of the delegates present, also complained about the lack of young people. He said that the lack of young people is one of the biggest problems in the compatriots’ movement. There is no generational change and it will not come without additional funding. “Nobody works for free these days and there is no financial support for that. The fact that we are making plans for the future is not bad, but the situation continues to be reprehensible. ”
Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko has recently spoken about the lack of young people, saying that there is a need to work on setting up youth coordination bodies and other youth structures in the diaspora.
In its 2021 yearbook, the Security Police Board also wrote about Russia’s interest in involving young people: “Kremlin activists in Estonia talk a lot about the importance of involving young people, but they are not really interested in their growth. Young activists would jeopardize their incomes, their apparent position in the community, and their working relationship with the Russian embassy. However, the involvement of their relatives in events related to the Russian Federation is encouraged. The change of generations is encouraged only with close relatives: the children of former activists of the Night Watch are taking over the role of their parents.
Work with young people is carried out for two main reasons: it is a priority of the Kremlin’s policy of division, which is required of Russian missions abroad; Due to the importance of the topic, youth projects are funded as a matter of priority, which often means a small but stable income for the organizers. ”
Time will tell whether and in what form pro-Kremlin activists with the support of the Rossotrudnitshestvo Foundation will start working with Russian-speaking young people in Estonia.
Photo: excerpt from the Security Police Yearbook