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....
The Lady with a Lamprey
"The powerful are exploiting people, art and ideas, and this leads to us plebes debating how to best ration ice.
Man, no wonder they always win....." Lonesomebri