Chapman -- whose self-promotion includes the publication of nude photographs of her in U.S. and British magazines -- has allied herself with Putin, who made her the head of the Young Guard subdivision within his party, ABC News reported Wednesday.
The Young Guard, highly pro-government, often stages street demonstrations that occasionally turn violent -- as in November, when Russian investigative journalist Oleg Kashin was allegedly beaten for having done an opposition piece on a highway planned to run through a Moscow forest.
Kashin had been criticized by the Young Guard, which posted a picture him on its Web site, accompanied by the warning "Will Be Punished." The organization condemned the attack on Kashin and denied any involvement in it, ABC News said.
Boston schools pull out free condoms over wrapping complaints
NBC reportedly holds celebs hostage to Jimmy Fallon's show