The 15th Congress of the Young Communist League of the Soviet Union began its 15th Congress in the Moscow Kremlin on May 17th.
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Background: The 15th Congress of the Young Communist League of the Soviet Union began its 15th Congress in the Moscow Kremlin on May 17th. This is the largest youth organisation in the country, with a membership of 23 million.
The Young Communist League has three government orders, awarded for its services in the fight against foreign intervention and during the Great Fatherland War of 1941-1945. It also received two orders of Lenin for its part in matters of great national significance during the years of peaceful construction.
The present congress has brought together about 4,000 delegates representing 62 nationalities. They come from all walks of life and include workers, farmers, scientists, writers and spacemen. Leaders of the Soviet Government and Communist Party are also present, plus guests from some 80 youth organisations in 70 countries.
Sergei Pavlov, First Secretary of the Young Communist League, opens the congress.
After the congress working committees are elected Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, rises to greet the delegates.
Leonid Brezhnev calls the Young Communist League a faithful mainstay of the party in tackling major tasks. "The young people, he says, -are now putting their heart and soul into the work of implementing the decisions of the Communist Party's 23rd congress. He speaks highly of the young people's contribution to the struggle for a stronger peace and against imperialism. Turning to questions of foreign policy, the Communist Party leader says the USSR does not brandish its arms, but it always ready to repel any aggressor. He ends with greetings from the Soviet Communist Party to the congress delegates.
Sergei Pavlov, the First Secretary of the Young Communist League, takes the floor to deliver the Central Committee report of activities during the four years since the last congress.
"The Soviet youth, -he says, -resolutely support the national liberation movements and speak up against all forms of oppression. They condemn the American aggression in Vietnam and endorse all measures taken by the party and Government to help the people of that country in their just struggle."
Sergei Pavlov also tells of the young people's contribution to the building of communism in the Soviet Union.
Over ten million members of the Young Communist League have a secondary or higher education. Many are at the head of factories and important construction projects. Half of the country's scientists are in the youth category. The speaker praises government measures to educate the younger generation. The Soviet Union, he says, has more college students than any other country
He recalls that the current five-year plan provides for a considerable expansion of the program to train specialists. Record sums are being allocated for the purpose. Soviet boys and girls, he says, are working hard to make the plan a success.