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Last Updated: Monday, 21 February 2005, 15:57 GMT
Andrei: Russia
Andrei thinks his father would have approved of him joining the PNP

Andrei lives in Moscow. He has a job in a factory which makes railway parts and goes to night school.

His mother is a teacher and his stepfather is an artist.

But 16-year-old Andrei also has a secret life. He has been recruited into an extreme and illegal right-wing skinhead group which preaches hatred to "non-whites" and people from the Caucasus.

The People's National Party (PNP) was established in 1994 and is based on the ideology of "Russianism".

The aim of the PNP is to get rid of migrants from the former Soviet states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and from the Russian north Caucas regions.

This is mostly done by passing out leaflets or writing in their newspaper. If ever in power, they would create a DNA passport which would identify those they believe to be real Russians.

The PNP is actively recruiting teenagers throughout Russia. They say they have between 12,000 and 15,000 members, mostly under 22 years old.

The young skinheads wear a white shirt with a black armband bearing a black Russian cross and even give a Nazi-style salute to their leader, Alexander Ivanov-Sukharevsky.

The film follows Andrei during the last weeks before his initiation to the PNP and watches as he hangs out with his friends, discussing their plans for "action" against Russia's enemies.

Coming of Age was broadcast in the UK on Tuesday, 22nd February, 2005 at 2100 GMT on BBC Two.

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