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  • I have now found the ones for whom it does – the 350 who make up the Babel Network, co-ordinated by the komsomol leaders in various cities, particularly Paris.

    But why is it "the only way forward"?

  • MPR DELEGATION IN BURYAT ASSR -- A red challenge banner of the Buryat obkom, council of ministers, oblast trade union council, and Buryat oblast komsomol committee was awarded yesterday to Zakamenskiy aymag for the best results in the procurement of all types of fodder and improvement of their quality in the Buryat ASSR.


  • [Text] Havana, 19 Oct -- by Jose Hernandez S. -- A group of Soviet komsomol members participating here in a Cuban-Soviet youth friendship meting was pleasantly surprised today to meet Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro.


  • "This program which we began a short time ago is the solution to the housing problem here," Castro told the komsomol members and expressed his certainty that the houses would be the best cared for in the country.


  • After cries of "long live Cuba" by the Soviet youths, Pastukhov conveyed the heartfelt and sincere greetings of the Soviet komsomol to the leader of the Cuban revolution.


  • Another product of brainwashing, and being a good komsomol / soviet student, reciting the ideological, dogmatic history lessons of instructor Joe Steel, and never forgetting those words from repetition upon repetition.


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  • That's a good question, sionnach. The Slovene word for a resident of Ljubljana is Ljubljan�?an (male) or Ljubljan�?anka (female). But there is no established English word. Possibilities are "Ljubljanian" (but I find that grating) and "Ljubljaner" (which I do sort-of like), but my favorite is basically an anglicized version of the Slovene word: "Ljubljanchan" which rather sounds like English (as if it were spelled "Lublantian"). I think I may actually have coined this as the demonym. In any case, I suggested it a year or so ago to one of the main English-language bloggers in Slovenia, Pengovsky, and he has started using it, so maybe it will catch on.

    Say Živio (pronounced zhiv-i-o) to Urban. It's not an especially common name here, in fact, but it's not unusual either. Some Slovene names are quite strange-sounding to English ears: Gorazd, Jernej, Darko, Zdravko, Gašper – almost like out of Star Trek.

    August 26, 2008

  • Here's a denizen question for you, rolig? what is the term for someone from Ljubljana (a city name that is fun to type). There is someone from Ljubljana (whee!) in my class at the moment. His name is Urban, a name which up until now I had always believed to be reserved for popes.

    Would he be Urban the Ljubljan? Enquiring minds ...

    August 26, 2008

  • I have no objection to these statues being preserved, maybe in an outdoor museum like the one in Budapest. Ljubljana still has quite a few Socialist adornments, which I am quite fond of. But my fear is that the Russians may want to preserve more of the political tenor of the Soviet era than just the statues.

    August 26, 2008

  • Ha, I used to live on the corner of a Komsomolskaya Street. Just around the bend was the Komsomolskaya statue ... the proud youth, the erect flag in permanent billow, the outstretched arms welcoming all to the glory of the Soviet future. I hope the Russians remember to preserve some of these statues as they are wonderful reminders of the political tenor of the Soviet era.

    August 26, 2008

  • The Communist League of Youth (Kommunisticheskiy soyuz molodyozhi). A member of this organization was called a komsomolets (m.) or komsomolka (f.).

    August 26, 2008