Young Communist League of Estonia

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Young Communist League of Estonia (in Estonian: Eestimaa Kommunistlik Noorsooühing, abbreviated EKNÜ) was the youth wing of the Communist Party of Estonia during the interbellum period.[1]

Activities & Organization[edit]

EKNÜ was working in a clandestine manner. It published Noor Proletaarlane (1921) and Noor Tööline (1922-1923).[2] There are other publications from the EKNÜ that were written by Kalju Tiro.[3] EKNÜ was a section of the Communist Youth International.[1] After the incorporation of Estonia into the Soviet Union on 6 August 1940,[4] EKNÜ merged into the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League (VLKSM).[5] The Estonian branch of VLKSM had the name 'Leninist Young Communist League of Estonia' (Eestimaa Leninlik Kommunistlik Noorsooühing, ELKNÜ).[5]


  1. ^ a b Youth Communist International Marxist History website.
  2. ^ See Estonian Literary Museum archives for the dates of publication. There does not seem to be any available translation to English.
  3. ^ List of Estonian writers. See number 110 (Tiro, Kalju) on the list.
  4. ^ Siemer, Kaari "Who is Red on the outside and white inside?" University of Tartu. This is one article in Chapter 2 of a collection entitled, Studies on Oral Histories, Life, and Family Stories, edited by Tiiu Jaago in collaboration with Mare Kõiva and Kairika Kärsna ISBN 9985-4-0268-5.
  5. ^ a b Nelson, Daniel N. "Leninist and Political Inequalities: The Non-Revolutionary Politics of Communist States." Comparative Politics, Vol. 14, No. 3. (Apr., 1982), pp. 307-328. Stable URL