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June 06, 2012 06:00 ET

Explore the Political Complexity of Modern Russia Through the Story of One Girl in the Award-Winning Doc, "Putin's Kiss"

Premiering Sunday, July 1 as Part of "Global Voices" on the WORLD Channel, Doc Provides an Inside Look at the Polarizing Political Views Among Youth in "The New Russia"

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 6, 2012) - Nashi is an increasingly popular political youth organization in Russia with direct ties to the Kremlin. Officially, its goal is to support the current political system by creating a future elite among the brightest and most loyal Russian teenagers. But the organization also works to prevent the political opposition from spreading their views among young people. The award-winning documentary, "Putin's Kiss," follows 18-year-old Masha Drokova, a Nashi commissar and spokesperson who is an ambitious middle-class student from the outskirts of Moscow. After joining Nashi at the age of 15, Drokova moves to the very top of the organization, and is rewarded for her dedication with a university scholarship, an apartment, and even a pro-Putin talk show. Everything changes when she becomes acquainted with a group of liberal journalists, including popular anti-Putin reporter Oleg Kashin. At first, she remains devoted to Nashi while pursuing tentative friendships with its left-wing critics -- but when Kashin is brutally beaten by "unknown perpetrators," Drokova has a genuine change of heart and decides to take a stand. Directed by Lise Birk Pedersen, "Putin's Kiss" premieres on "Global Voices" Sunday, July 1 at 10 PM on the WORLD Channel (check local listings).

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