Pionerskaia Pravda

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Pionerskaia Pravda


an all-Union children’s newspaper, founded in 1925 in Moscow as a weekly Pioneer newspaper; an organ of the Moscow Committee of the All-Union Komsomol. Beginning in 1927, it was published by the Central Committee and the Moscow Oblast Committee of the All-Union Komsomol, and beginning in 1958, by the Central Committee of the All-Union Komsomol and the Central Council of the Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organization.

Pionerskaia pravda is published twice a week. Its contributors have included N. K. Krupskaia, M. I. Ul’ianova, Em. Iaroslavskii, M. Gorky, V. V. Mayakovsky, A. P. Gaidar, S. Ia. Marshak, and L. A. Kassil’. The newspaper assists the Pioneer organization and the schools in the communist upbringing of the younger generation. It publishes materials on Soviet Pioneers and schoolchildren, on children’s democratic organizations in other countries, and on major events taking place in the USSR and abroad. The newspaper’s contributors include state and public leaders, scientists, writers, teachers, Pioneer workers, and youth correspondents.

In cooperation with public-education and other public organizations, Pionerskaia pravda organizes all-Union and international children’s excursions, inspections, competitions, exhibitions, and sports activities. These activities include the military game Zarnitsa [Summer Lightning], competitions for the prizes awarded by the Golden Puck and Leather Ball clubs, international exhibitions of children’s drawings, international photographic competitions, and exhibitions of works of young technicians. Each year Pionerskaia Pravda receives more than 200,000 letters from children, many of which it publishes. It has been awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor (1945) and the Order of Lenin (1950). Circulation, approximately 9.5 million (1975).


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Pionerskaia pravda gave a figure of 100,000 child participants; it was as if the whole country was playing along with the young master.
In a 1936 article in Pionerskaia pravda, a child asked Botvinnik what style a strong player should adopt in chess.
As late as October 1937, an article in Pionerskaia pravda on chess history claimed that Steinitz was the "founder of modern chess theory, a great chess thinker [who] held the chess title for 28 years" and omitted Chigorin entirely.
(41) Pionerskaia pravda, 18 March 1936: 1, "Kak prinimaiut v pionery?"
(47) See, e.g., "Prazdnik radosmoi molodezhi," Pionerskaia Pravda, 4 September 1934: 2; "Radosti net kontsa" (on Artek), Pionerskaia pravda, 30 June 1935: 1; and "Schastlivym detiara nashei strany," Pionerskaia Pravda, 2 September 1935: 1 (on the start of school).
(55) See, e.g., Pionerskaia pravda, 30 May 1952, where a picture of Stalin with a smiling she-tot appears on the front cover.