Young people aren’t sufficiently involved in the state’s agenda, and the state doesn’t engage them enough
We [the Agency for Strategic Initiatives] work with 2–3% of Russian young people and are able to reach them. The rest are out of our reach. And, from our point of view, the biggest task in this regard is to raise awareness. When we talk about ourselves, especially in the regions, the first thing we are asked is: what are ASI young people. Then they ask why your platform is needed at all. We explain it in simple terms. They say: good, but it still won't work — Aleksandr Vaino, Head of Youth Initiatives Center, Agency of Strategic Initiatives (ASI).
The younger generation’s low level of involvement in global processes is, of course, a very big risk for the development of all mankind [...] At the end of 2020, unemployment among people aged 20–24 in Russia was 16.2%. And this is almost 2% higher than it was before the crisis in 2019. This is a very serious systemic problem that needs to be addressed — Maxim Oreshkin, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation.
There is a small and medium-sized business project [the national project ‘Small and Medium-sized Entrepreneurship and Support for Individual Entrepreneurial Initiative’] in which we have protective measures today to support entrepreneurs in general, and the youth audience there has not been highlighted in any way — Ksenia Razuvaeva, Head, Federal Agency for Youth Affairs (Rosmolodezh).