Communist Youth Association

Communist Youth Association (Комуністична юнацька спілка; Komunistychna yunatska spilka or КЮС; KYuS). Left Socialist Revolutionary and Borotbist youth organization. It functioned from January 1919 to July 1920 and had a membership of about 8,000 people, mostly in Left-Bank Ukraine. Proposing a Soviet but independent Ukraine, it competed successfully with Bolshevik youth organizations. In 1920 it underwent a split: some of its members joined the Bolsheviks, and the rest joined the Ukrainian Communist party organization—the Ukrainian Communist Youth Association. (See also Communist Youth League of Ukraine and Borotbists.)

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 1 (1984).]

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