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Putin's Kiss -- Marsha, a spokesperson for a nationalistic Russian youth organization, finds her opinions changed after she meets Oleh, a well-known political blogger. When harm comes to Oleg, Marsha finds her loyalties divided.
Putin's Kiss -- 19-year old Masha is a spokesperson in the government friendly and strongly nationalistic Russian youth organization, Nashi. The movement aims to protect Russia against its 'enemies'. 

Masha’s number one political icon is Vladimir Putin. Nashi has direct ties to Kremlin and Masha has been talking to Putin himself at several occasions. She even kissed him at a youth gathering. 
Nashi’s official agenda is to regain Russia’s status as a superpower nation, but on the inner lines they are Putin’s most important tools to keep the political opposition from spreading their views among the Russians.

In almost no time Masha has progressed to the very top of the increasingly popular organization, becoming the spokesperson of Nashi and the protégé of Russia's Minister of Youth. She belongs to the educated, well-mannered and well-spoken part of Nashi. But according to the opposition, Nashi also has a radical wing that is secretly responsible for threats and violent attacks against anyone who doesn’t agree with Putin. 

Masha starts questioning her role in the Nashi movement for the first time, when she starts socializing with people from the opposition. One of her new friends is the critical journalist Oleg Khasin. Masha’s new acquaintances soon get her into serious trouble with Nashi, who does not tolerate any interaction with the “enemies of Russia”. 

As the situation unfolds dramatically, Masha realizes that she has to make a stand.

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17 February 2012 (USA) See more »
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What happens when your enemies become your friends?
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Interesting doc about Russia, post communism... See more (6 total) »

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Directed by
Lise Birk Pedersen 
 
Produced by
Helle Faber .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tobias Hylander 
 
Cinematography by
Lars Skree 
 
Film Editing by
Janus Billeskov Jansen 
Steen Johannessen 
 
Sound Department
Peter Albrechtsen .... sound designer
Peter Albrechtsen .... sound re-recording mixer
Asser Borgen .... sound effects editor
Jacques Pedersen .... sound editor
 
Editorial Department
Mette Hoffman Meyer .... commissioning editor: DR
 
Music Department
Peter Albrechtsen .... music supervisor
 
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Dmitry Saltykovsky .... miscellaneous crew
 

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Interesting doc about Russia, post communism..., 5 April 2012
Author: CurtHerzstark from Sweden

This documentary details the life of a member(Masha Drokova) of Nashi, youth political organization that supports Vladimir Putin, President and Prime minister of the Russian Federation.

At first Nashi seems like any type of political youth organization, like Young Democrats of America or Young Republicans. But as this doc claims there are more darker sides to this youth organization that meets the eye.

Nashi seems more preoccupied with trying to silence their opposition using very violent methods, propaganda, using football hooligans to beat up people etc. Masha Drokova at first, denies these allegations but then gets to know one of Putins biggest critics, Oleg Kashin and his friends.

Oleg Kashin claims that Nashi is fully comparable to Hitler Jugend, and that it only serves as mean to brainwash Russia's youth to obey Putin. Masha Drokova on other hand tries to convince him of the opposite until one day.....

This documentary is quite simply just as riveting as any political thriller, look at All the King's Men (1949), Choose Connor (2007), The Ides of March (2011)etc. Or other fascinating documentaries about politics, Follow the Leader: Young, American and Right (2012), The War Room (1993)etc.

What we get to see is a young girl full of idealism, naiveté and also part of the new young Russia that was born after the fall of communism, and has only benefited(socially, economically) during Putins reign.

Viewers interested to know more of Russia today, and why critics seems so hard on Putin, etc should watch this. Others should stay away.

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