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13 At the same time, many of the former structures devoted to youth lasted into the 1990s without providing youth with any advantages for their leadership aspirations. The Ministry of Youth in both Russia and Ukraine reverted to a state committee in the 1990s, while in Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Youth and Sports was newly established in 1994 and later in the decade took over responsibilities for tourism, reverting back to youth and sports in 2006. In Ukraine, a network of youth centers around the country, meant to provide social welfare and assistance to young people, still employed around 3,000 in the late 1990s.

The students’ strike also inspired the opposition members of parliament, eight of whom, including former dissidents who had served time in the gulag—Stepan Khmara and Mykhailo Horyn with white bands tied around their heads—joined the strike on October 10. The hunger strikers were joined every day by ten to fifteen thousand protesters, sympathizers, and onlookers. On October 15 a general students’ strike was held at all the institutions of higher education in Kyiv, and more 40 Chapter 3 people came out onto the streets in support of the students.

Only members of his direct family and political clan were allowed to share the wealth after 1993. His son has taken over the position of chief oligarch and has continued that tradition. Youth on the Threshold The first major departure from the Soviet stereotype of “youth” was in the field of business, when many young people showed an interest in making money. Another direction—toward positions of political power and leadership—proved more problematic. 13 At the same time, many of the former structures devoted to youth lasted into the 1990s without providing youth with any advantages for their leadership aspirations.

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