Teenagers from the temporarily occupied Crimea are departing to spend part of their summer in a Russian military sports camp called “Gvardiya”, which is set up on a military units base in the Nizhegorod and Penza Oblasts in Russia.
The first 40 schoolchildren from the annexed Crimea have already left for the camp. These are students of the specialized boarding school in Kerch and the Crimean gymnasium for gifted children. The boys are going to be prepared for “stern tests of a soldier’s lifestyle,” writes the Commander in Chief, reports Censor.NET.
The teenagers were addressed with words of encouragement by the students of the General Marghelov cadet boarding school in Nizhegorod. Over the next 18 days, the Crimean children will be living on the territory of a military garrison, which will allow them to see how military life is organized. They will learn how to participate in drills, get acquainted with contemporary military equipment, talk to military officers, compete in strength, speed and keenness of wit.
“Interesting tasks await you. You will be living in the same conditions as the servicemen, and you will be wearing the uniforms of Russian soldiers. Besides warfare, you will also be introduced to the history and culture of the Nizhegorod Oblast,” Oleg Melnichenko, Deputy Plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in Volga Federal District, promised the Crimean children.
These camps exist for two years already. The initiative to set them up was taken by Mikhail Babich, who is the authorized representative of the President of the Russian Federation in Volga Federal District, and was supported by the Ministry of Defense and Volunteer Society for Cooperation with the Army, Aviation and Fleet. The goal of the project is “to strengthen teenagers’ heath, their patriotic education and to prepare young men for military service”.
This year, 600 students from grades 8 to 11 from the Volga Federal District regions will take part in two camp sessions. These are boys from disadvantaged families, children of deceased servicemen, and of employees of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, cadets, and of patriotic clubs. In Nizhegorod Oblast, the camp operates at the base of the Mulino military garrison, where an assembly of the teams from Tatarstan, Udmurtia, Chuvash Republic, Mari El Republic, Perm Krai, Kirov Oblast and Nizhegorod Oblast will take place. Boys from the rest of the Volga Federal District regions will familiarise themselves with the soldiers’ lifestyles at the base of the military academy located in Penza.
As reported earlier, in the meantime, Russian kids are resting in the children’s sanatoriums of Crimea, in particular around 700 teenagers from Chechnya.
Translated by Dasha Darchuk, edted by Alya Shandra
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