The Komsomol, or Young Communist League, in Soviet Russia, which played such an important role in strengthening the Soviet regime, is rapidly changing into a stronghold of anti-Communist trends, writes N. Zarin from China to Rossiya, Russian periodical published in New York.
Mr. Zarin, who is living in China, where he fled from the Soviets, writes that the young Russians, who at one time endured all sorts of hardships for the sake of the future Utopia promised by Communism, are not only being attracted by new currents of thought, but are even showing signs of leaning toward religion.
Recent reports of Communist Party conferences, says Mr. Zarin, reveal an anxiety approximating alarm on the part of the " old guard " with regard to the Komsomol. At these meetings the complaint is heard that the Komsomol organisations seem to be indifferent as regards active work for the party and that their anti-religious energy is slowing down.
" The Komsomol is leaving Communism." he says, " Russian youth is in quest of a lost ideal and involuntarily turns to God. Nothing can divert this attempt. for the emptied souls of youth are crying for God. The time has passed when youth believed in the beautiful promises
of Communism. They want a wellordered life. The Communists cannot give that."—N .C,W .C.