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Russia to hold youth forum in Sochi to recruit Serbs

Russia to hold youth forum in Sochi to recruit Serbs Illustrative photo (UNIAN)
Author: Maria Kholina

Russia is set to hold a youth forum in Sochi this year aimed at recruiting Serbs, with the application process already underway, according to Sprotyv media.

"The Russians have begun accepting applications from those eager to participate in the World Festival of Youth 2024. The event is designed to showcase external support for Russia's policies, especially prior to the presidential elections in Russia," the report said.

Moreover, the Kremlin is trying to prevent Serbia from getting closer to the European Union at any cost, hence focusing its propaganda efforts on Serbian youth.

"Besides, the unofficial important aim of the event is to recruit agents of influence who will act in Europe to advance Russia's interests," the report said.

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