(MOSCOW) -- Nude photos in Playboy are apparently no obstruction to a political career in Russia. At a ceremony in Moscow on Wednesday, Russian spy Anna Chapman was appointed a leader of the youth branch of Vladimir Putin's political party, even though she will appear naked in the men's magazine next month.
Chapman has been named head of a new subdivision within the Young Guard, the youth branch of Putin's United Russia party.
Candid nude photos that an ex-boyfriend snapped of Chapman will appear in the January issue of Playboy as part of an article about Chapman and her father. Other nude and semi-nude photos of Chapman appeared in the British and U.S. press last summer, not long after Chapman and nine other members of a Russian spy ring were exposed in the U.S.
The Young Guard is strongly pro-government, often holding street demonstrations, and was criticized in November after a Russian investigative journalist was badly beaten. Oleg Kashin, who had reported on opposition to a highway planned for a Moscow forest, was attacked on a Moscow street by unidentified assailants. Kashin had been criticized by the Young Guard on its website. The Young Guard had published a picture of Kashin with the label "Will Be Punished," but condemned the attack on Kashin and denied any involvement.
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