Disgusted Russian parents have called on their government to improve the quality of state-funded “Putin youth” camps because their children were being forced to sleep in moldy, bedbug-infested camps.
Despot Vladimir Putin likes to watch his reputation in Russia closely, which is why his government pours millions of rubles into state education camps.
However, all is not well in Putin’s militaristic fairyland, as Russian parents have reportedly been horrified by the conditions at some of the camps erected along the Black Sea.
According to Radio Free Europe, the state-subsidized Orlyonok complex along the Russian coast hosted events last summer, although it was clearly not fit for purpose.
Parents claimed 20,000 children were crammed into unsafe accommodation buildings with no electricity and no bed bugs.
The toilets were filthy and there was trash and cigarette butts strewn about the resort.
At one point, a dormitory also collapsed.
Speaking to RFE, a parent named Agnia said: “The electrical outlets don’t work, there’s no air conditioning, there are no mosquito nets on the windows, but there’s a huge gap between the shutters, doors cannot be closed or locked, there are cigarette butts in the locks, there is rubbish everywhere.”
Another parent, named Vitkina, told the news site that she was forced to save her daughter within a week.
She said: “I understand that 50 years ago it was normal. None of us were living very luxuriously then.
“But in the 21st century, that’s unacceptable.”
Remarkably, despite evidence to the contrary, the camp doubled down on its treatment of the children and insisted that the parents were exaggerating.
Yury Kolevaiko, deputy director of the Orlyonok complex, told RFE: “Children who come to us have different social statuses. Children have different attitudes towards different living conditions, different conditions at home and reality.
“We have more than 20,000 children a year [attending camp]; count the percentage of those who don’t like it.”
Well, if that’s good enough for the kids, you can only imagine the conditions Russian soldiers endure on the front line!
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