October 22 2017
Russia Hosts the World Festival of Youth and Students
IN PICTURES: More than 20,000 young people from 150 countries are attending the event in Sochi.
The festival has as its theme, “For peace, solidarity and social justice, we struggle against imperialism. Honoring our past, we build the future!”
During the week-long event, discussions are focusing on global political issues, ranging from the fight against xenophobia in the United States to student movements, as well as health and education.
The World Federation of Democratic Youth founded the gathering to combat fascism and imperialism after World War II.
This year’s WFYS is dedicated to Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, for his “legacy, and contributions to … such festivals and the defense of their founding principles,” said Radio Havana.Photo:@CubanitoenCuba
Cuban delegate Rafael Bogonin said, “At a time when Latin American countries are facing a resurgence of hegemonic capitalism, Cuba stands out as a beacon of hope, an example for revolutionary youth”Photo:@CubanitoenCuba
Youth enjoy the many cultural events. Sochi Jazz and the People’s Artist of Russia will also perform.Photo:@CubanitoenCuba
Singers from Cuba entertain the youth participants as part of the evening events at the WFSY.
People from 150 countries are taking part in the event.Photo:Reuters
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the festival in Sochi.Photo:Reuters