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.
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