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Do children need ideology?

Maria Filippenko, gymnasium teacher

1976 – Born in Moscow
1994 – Teaches Latin, gymnasium #1567
1998 – Graduates, Moscow State University
1999 – Moscow teacher of the year

May 19 marks the 86th anniversary of the Young Pioneers' organisation. By the time the Soviet Union collapsed, this youth organisation had 25 million members. It survived in the New Russia, but now the Young Pioneers is just one of many minor youth organisations. Do children need to belong to some organisation or is it better to leave them alone? To answer these questions, our guest today is Maria Filippenko.