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Soviet VLKSM - Komsomol Pin Badge with Lenin Portrait
Original Soviet Komsomol pin badge.
Komsomol is a syllabic abbreviation word, from the Russian Kommunisticheskiy Soyuz Molodiozhi, or Communist Union of Youth. The organization was established on October 29, 1918. Since 1922 the full official name of it was Vsesoyuzny Leninskiy Kommunisticheskiy Soyuz Molodyozhi (VLKSM), English: All-Union Leninist Young Communist League).
Komsomol served as the youth wing of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), the youngest members being fourteen years old, the upper limit for an age of rank and file being 28, while Komsomol functionaries could be older. Younger children could join the allied Pioneers organisation.
Komsomol had little direct influence on the Communist Party, and on the government of the Soviet Union. But Komsomol played an important role as a mechanism for teaching the values of the CPSU in the young, and as an organ for introducing the young to the political domain. Along with these purposes, the organisation served as a highly mobile pool of labour and political activism, with the ability to move to areas of high-priority at short notice. Active members received privileges and preferences in promotion. For example, Yuri Andropov, CPSU General Secretary for a short time following Leonid Brezhnev, reached political heights by means of the Komsomol organisation of Karelia. At its height, in the 1970s, Komsomol had tens of millions of members; around two-thirds of the present adult population of Russia is believed to have once been a member.
Product added: 9/5/2006
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