The article focuses on the specificities of risky practices and acceptance of risk among youth involved in various activist scenes in contemporary Russia. These practices are studies in the context of emotional, sensual, and bodily aspects of participation in protest activities and solidarities. Such an analytical turn is based on the empirical observations in cultural and political youth scenes. However, the academics literature on risk activities of youth is predominantly focusing on acceptance and dealing with risk in the context of illegal or harmful consumer practices, or sexual behaviour (early pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases) with focus on gender. Realizing the significance of such studies, however, it is no less important to turn to the analysis of bodily and sensual side of inclusion into group activities and acceptance of subcultural obligations connected with risk. This is especially important in the situation of tension and confrontation in the social and political domain, which lead to the development of new forms of youth solidarities and everyday policies staged in the cultural and activist scenes within the leisure time which is changing its meaning and boundaries significantly.
The article represents the results of a study of new youth solidarities based of the research of the “Polit-gramota”. The club is analyzed as an alternative public space of young people that provides the members with opportunities for professional socialization as politicians, journalists and activists. It also can be viewed as a collective strategy of overcoming the barriers on the entry to the ‘adult’ politics and journalism. By creating this alternative space the ‘Polit-gramota’ members reinterpret the traditional political institutions and make the voice of the youth be heard, whereas in the dominating discourse young people are not actively represented and are viewed as a passive subject of policies.