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A patriotic young Russian journalist begins to question her commitment to the strongarm policies of the Putin regime in this politically charged coming-of-age tale.
Like many Russians, nineteen-year-old journalist Masha views Vladimir Putin as the man to lead Russia back to its status as a global superpower. As a member of the Kremlin-created Nashi youth movement, Masha wholeheartedly supports Putin's policies and Nashi's mission to rid Russia of the country's "enemies": the political opposition, investigative journalists, and human rights advocates. But when Masha begins to socialize with colleagues in the circle of her friend, investigative journalist Oleg Kashin, she soon finds herself growing closer with them than with her Nashi comrades, and also begins to question Nashi and its leaders. As the stakes get ever higher, a shocking event finally pushes Masha to make a fateful decision about where her loyalties lie. A politically charged coming-of-age tale, Putin's Kiss paints a grimly fascinating portrait of contemporary Russia.
Human Rights Watch has documented the Kremlin's efforts to stifle and marginalize civil society throughout the Putin era. It has reported on how the federal government has sought to drown non-governmental organizations, particularly those that work on controversial issues, in excessive bureaucracy, and has documented beatings and killings of human rights advocates and investigative journalists and demanded that the perpetrators be held accountable. Human Rights Watch also seeks to draw international attention to Russian civil society through such initiatives as its collaboration with the photographer Platon, whose photo portraits of Russian activists were featured in newspapers and magazines worldwide.
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