Oh, I think the Young Pioneers were the Soviet answer to the Boy Scouts, much as the Hitlerjungend were Nazi Germany's. And I don't know if I'd trust an Israeli journalist to know the difference, although at a guess, his (her?) parents emigrated from there. Or the grandparents.
And I'm not making any remarks about scouting in general being a fine way to teach hateful conformity across the generations. Perhaps because I don't want to ruffle Bob's feathers....
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