February 13th, 2018

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Sarah Blesener. Toy Soldiers

On a Thursday afternoon, six teenage boys gathered in an abandoned warehouse in the town of Diveevo, Russia and the drills began. The group, called “The Survivalists,” meets weekly to practice tactical skills and defense strategies. Artyom, who at 17 is one of the oldest of the group, was helping Daniel, 11, hide in the corner room with his plastic weapon and prepare for a surprise attack. Their instructor calmly tells me that the group is not looking for war, but is preparing young patriots to be ready for the future.
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Sarah Blesener. Beckon Us From Home

With activities like water gun games, racing, and tug-a-war, this could easily be mistaken for a YMCA summer camp in Salt Lake City. However, 900 students across Utah are attending a weeklong “Patriot Camp,” focusing on patriotic education and the constitution. At the opening ceremony for the camp, an adult leader led a speech, proclaiming: “Always remember, you are soldiers of God. And nobody in the entire history of the world has ever been as free as you are right now.”
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Misha Petrov. Games of Patriots
In accordance with a decree from the government of the Russian Federation concerning “the patriotic education of citizens,” the number of children’s patriotic organizations and clubs in the country has significantly increased over the past few years.
Among them there are children’s summer camps, where great attention is placed on primary military training as well as the moral, historical, and ideological education of the attending teenagers. While other children swim in lakes or play with their friends, these young patriots are training in summertime military camps. It is expected that these teenagers will continue military education and eventually join the nation’s armed forces in the future.
In addition to external, visible manifestations of patriotism, I try to explore the internal states of mind and emotions of these children who are undergoing such hard military training.
Misha PetrovMisha Petrov, Stories: Games of patriots