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Thirteen-year-old Andrei Polivoi is aiming his knife at a foam cushion about the size and shape of a human chest that's propped up on a metal stair landing. Four of his five throws miss and clatter noisily onto the stairs.
"Not bad for your first try - attaboy!" Zotov proclaims with an encouraging clap on the disheartened boy's shoulder.
It's been five years since Zotov founded Our Army, one of thousands of "military-patriotic youth organizations" answering President Vladimir Putin's call for preparing the next generation of Russian soldiers as the Kremlin flexes its reinvigorated military muscle abroad....................