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About Kristina Silvan

Kristiina Silvan is a doctoral student at the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki. Her research analyses the changes and continuities in the sphere of government-organised youth organisations in post-communist Russia and Belarus.

Articles by Kristina Silvan

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

A Cold War youth festival ages well, but leaves too much unsaid

This year, Russia hosted the World Festival of Youth and Students — with a mix of Cold War slogans and modern realpolitik.

The seductive power of Seliger

Every year the Seliger All-Russia Youth Forum brings together tens of thousands of engaged young Russians for a week of edification in an idyllic natural setting. Its goal is to promote patriotism in Russia's future elites - and its methods are very persuasive.

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