Democratic Youth Movements Unite Across CIS

MOSCOW, Russia -- Democratic youth movements from Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan have joined forces to form the Transnational Democratic Network, the chairman of the central council of the Russian MIY (We) movement, Roman Dobrokhotov, told Ekho Moskvy radio.

Russian MIY (We) Movement

The united structure will comprise Russia’s MIY, Ukraine’s Pora, Kyrgyzstan’s Birge! and Kazakhastan’s Kakhar organizations, he said.

Dobrokhotov promised that starting from Aug. 19, marking the 14th anniversary of the 1991 coup attempt, they will coordinate their activities and stage joint actions.

According to him, the new organization will “hold political actions to exert pressure on the authorities when and where they commit crimes,” he added.

The partners intend to set up a broad network of various groups, including rights and environmental ones, which “will be based in different countries but in permanent contact with each other in virtual space,” he said.

Many people have reacted positively to the plan, Dobrokhotov said. Negotiations are being held with a number of public organizations which may join in later, he said.

The first coordinated action held in all four countries will be a fund-raising campaign for orphanages, Dobrokhotov said. In downtown Moscow money will be collected every Sunday. More coordinated actions of a social as well as a political nature are planned for the future. Members of the movement from all four countries will attend events held in a particular state, he said.

The MIY movement positions itself as liberal-democratic and Ukraine’s Pora (High Time) is a revolutionary group that supported Viktor Yushchenko in his struggle for power. Kyrgyzstan’s Birge and Kazakhstan’s Kakhar are similar to Pora, established in the revolutionary euphoria that has spread to a number of CIS states following events in Ukraine and Georgia.

Source: MosNews