Hitler stole a landmine and Coca-Cola makes you sterile. Anna Badkhen spends time among the young in Volgograd.
The revolutionaries are sitting and standing around the table in a small, crowded kitchen. One has put his elbows on the kitchen table and speaks with authority. Another listens intently, nodding whenever his comrade utters words like “Molotov cocktail,” “bourgeoisie” or “the working class.” Yet another sits cross-legged on a small bench and absentmindedly bites his nails.
The revolutionaries call themselves Young Beria Followers, after Lavrenty Beria, the infamous chief of Josef Stalin’s secret police. The oldest of the revolutionaries is 17. The youngest is 9. (more…)