Russia establishes Kremlin youth training bases amid WW3 fears

PUTIN’S WAR CAMPS – Now Russia establishes Kremlin youth training bases amid WW3 fears

RUSSIA has set up deadly “war camps” to train the country’s youth as Moscow prepares for an all-out global conflict.

PUBLISHED: 00:10, Wed, Oct 19, 2016 | UPDATED: 00:54, Wed, Oct 19, 2016

Set up by ultra-nationalist Eurasian Youth Union (ESM), the camps are breeding grounds designed to train young fighters to use Kalashnikovs, ready for battle.

ESM leader Anton Bryusov said: “We are in a state when NATO moves closer to our borders and today’s youth needs to be trained in order to prevent those attacks.”

The nationalists see the West as their key enemy, with the number of camps on the rise as part of Vladimir Putin’s policy of a “patriotic education”.

Andrei Kolesnikov, an expert on Russian domestic politics at the Carnegie Moscow Centre, added: “Mostly, the nationalists who are more or less rational are pro-Putin.”

But he claimed some radical Russians are angry with Putin for his handling of the Ukraine conflict and failure to liberate Novorossiya.

Alexander Dugin, the leader of the Eurasian movement, who has close ties with the Kremlin, called for Putin to step up and unite Russian-speaking parts of eastern Ukraine with Russia.

He said: “I am irritated by the slowness of Putin’s reform.

“When we are hesitating, we are losing; when we are making decisive steps we are winning.”

The ESM has received more than £240,000 in grants from the Kremlin between 2013 and 2015, according to Russia-based Centre of Economic and Political Reforms.

Anton Shekhovtsov, an expert on the far right, said: “Part of the Putin regime is far right and ultra-nationalist.

“However, Putin would crush any ultranationalist force that’s not loyal to the Kremlin.”

It comes after Moscow threatened all out war with the US as tensions escalated between the two superpowers.

Ex-military chief Lt Gen Yevgeny Buzhinsky described the provocative action as “full-scale confrontation”.

The retired general added: “Of course there is a reaction. As far as Russia sees it, as Putin sees it, it is full-scale confrontation on all fronts. If you want a confrontation, you’ll get one.”

“But it won’t be a confrontation that doesn’t harm the interests of the United States. You want a confrontation, you’ll get one everywhere.”

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