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Salient. Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 26, No. 7. Tuesday, June 18, 1963

Russians Fed Up

Russians Fed Up

A candid picture of what Soviet students think about the demands imposed on their time by Komsomol and Party programmes of "social work" was given in a recent issue of Komsomolskaya Pravda (Moscow).

The author of the article, A. Lazarev, Dean of the History-Philosophy Faculty of the Chelyabinsk Pedagogical Institute, said that students at his institute consider their main task is to study and object to the public obligations loaded on them. He cited a young instructress in the Russian-language department who brandishing her fist at a Komsomol meeting, demanded: "Cloakroom duty! Public order squads! Village expeditions! Work in the gymnasium! Cleaning the auditorium! . . . When do we study?"

Many students, Lazarev said, take a dim view of those who readily perform their "social duties," regarding them as "apple polishers" interested only in currying favour. Lazarev also stated that students conspire to protect each other from election to committees. And there was the case of two students who sent applications to a religious seminary: Their comrades said nothing about it, even though it was obligatory to report them so that the Komsomol could arrange to subject them to a special "refresher course" in atheism.