The Komsomol at 90

Ninety years ago this week, 194 delegates from youth groups from all over revolutionary Russia met to consolidate themselves into an all-Russian youth organization.  Of the 194 delegates, 176 had voting rights, (the rest had the right to speak but not vote).  The voting delegates claimed to represent 120 different youth groups with a total membership of 21,000.  The core groups were two pro-Bolshevik groups, the Socialist League of Worker youth based in Petrograd and the Third International from Moscow.  Of the delegates, half (88) were Bolshevik Party members, 38 were communist sympathizers, and 45 were non-party youth.  Also present were three Social Democratic Internationalists, one Left Socialists Revolutionary, and one Anarchist.  The week long conference, which ran from 29 October to 4 November finalized the creation of the Russian Communist Youth League, or Komsomol.

To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Komsomol, SRB will follow the history, reminiscence, and celebrations occurring throughout Russia over the next week.

Да здравствует Комсомол!

First Komsomol Presidium, 1918 (left to right) E. Gerr, O. Ryvkin, E. Tseitlin, V. Popov, A. Bezymenskii, L. Shatskin, P. Forvin, M. Akhmanov, M. Dugachev.