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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nashi's Leader Intends to Step Down

Vasily Yakemenko plans to step down as the head of pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi, Kommersant reported Monday.

Yakemenko will name several possible replacements at a Nashi training camp that began Monday near Lake Seliger, the report said. Some 10,000 Nashi members from around the country were expected to participate in the training, where they will vote for Yakemenko's successor.

Yakemenko has led the group since its inception in 2005. Before that, he was the leader of pro-Putin youth group Moving Together.

The Nashi camp is focused primarily on the State Duma elections, Yakemenko said. "We want to clearly demonstrate that these are not just elections waiting for us in December, but rather a referendum on the fate of the country," he said. "Our task is to make sure that everyone who is against [Putin's course] loses. The entire force of our movement will be thrown at this task."