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News: Russian youths encouraged to procreate at camp

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posted on Jul, 30 2007 @ 07:58 PM

Nashi's annual camp, 200 miles outside Moscow, is attended by 10,000 uniformed youngsters and involves two weeks of lectures and physical fitness.

Attendance is monitored via compulsory electronic badges and anyone who misses three events is expelled. So are drinkers; alcohol is banned. But sex is encouraged, and condoms are nowhere on sale.

Attempting to raise Russia's dismally low birthrate even by eccentric-seeming means might be understandable. Certainly, the country's demographic outlook is dire. The hard-drinking, hardsmoking and disease-ridden population is set to plunge by a million a year in the next decade.

This is strange, a national youth camp that encourages sex? With all of the recent population control talk going on, places with decreasing populations get little news coverage. I was reminded of the Hitler youth camps after reading this one.

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