On February 28, 2005, the first conference of the Moscow representation of the movement was held at the Senege Holiday House, owned by the Office of the President of the Russian Federation. Leader and creator Vasily Yakemenko proclaimed the official beginning of the work of the anti-fascist youth movement “Nashi”. It was followed by several more similar addresses to the press from different cities in Russia.
The organization sees Russia as the historical and geographical center of the world, whose freedom it intends to fight for. The country, according to representatives of the movement, is threatened by an alliance of communists, fascists and liberals who hate Vladimir Putin. “Our” intend to support the abandoned, according to them, Putin’s challenge to oligarchs. The goals of the movement are as follows: preservation of the sovereignty and integrity of Russia, construction of an active civil society, modernization of the country through a personnel revolution.
In addition to the actions carried out, “Our” has several projects. “Nashi-2.0.” is engaged in moral and patriotic education of young people. The same goals for Project Steel. “Run for Me” develops a sports direction, and “You Are an Entrepreneur” proclaims itself as a youth school of entrepreneurship.
The most famous project is the forum “Seliger”. The All-Russian youth education camp opens annually on the lake of the same name in Tver Oblast. During the forum there are meetings with political figures, representatives of the government, as well as active recreation of the movement participants. After two years of operation, “Seliger” reached a number of participants of ten thousand.
The name “nashists” to the participants of the movement was initially given by its opponents in analogy with fascists. “Our” are funded annually from a variety of sources. The participants themselves call the source of their income deductions from Russian businessmen who are ready to support the movement’s views materially. In 2012, the leadership of the movement increasingly speaks of another reorganization and dissolution of “Our”.