What youth organisations are there in the USSR?

Grigori Reznichenko ::: Young people in the USSR. Answers to questions

No public organisation is closed to the youth - and we have a great many of such organizations.

But, naturally, some are geared exclusively to the needs of the young. The biggest (38 million mem­bers) is the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League, or the Komsomol.

Apart from that, there are a quarter of a million youth associations that help the young to develop their engineering and design abilities.

More than one and a half million students with a keen interest in scientific research belong to stu­dent scientific societies and student design bureaus. Both these organisations can, under their Charters, sign contracts with Ministries, government depart­ments and enterprises for carrying out specific jobs. What the students like about these organisations is that they enable them to try themselves out in re­search and design work while still at college. Many of the problems they work on in these organisa­tions later become the subject of their term papers or graduation theses.

The creative unions including the writers', com­posers', artists', and cinematographers' unions also have special youth sections.

And at factories, offices, colleges, collective farms and schools there are sports clubs and various other hobby clubs for book-lovers, and people interested in music and art. The number of such clubs runs into hundreds of thousands.