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Vladimir Batrakov, 45, a retired military officer, enrolled in courses on how to be an Orthodox youth leader because he was disappointed with the lack of young people in church.
After receiving his diploma last Friday, he started to work full-time at a Moscow church, where he is supposed to advise young people on religious issues and organize Orthodox youth rallies and other activities.
"The main aim is to divert young people from drugs, alcohol and sexual promiscuity," Batrakov said.
A second goal is to inform the public about the church's stance on contemporary issues through the
And did you catch this bit , " What makes the new youth groups stand out is their planned promotion of a blend of religion, anti-Western philosophy, politics and patriotism — values that will be passed on by youth leaders "?