Analysis Of Vladimir Birk Pedersen 's Putin 's Kiss, By Oleg Kashin

1742 Words Nov 30th, 2016 7 Pages
In Pixar’s first feature film Toy Story, Sid Phillips represents pure evil. Described by Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear as the neighborhood toy torturer, Sid explodes and decapitates random toys for entertainment. After Buzz finds himself trapped in Sid’s bedroom following a misunderstanding at Pizza Planet, Woody organizes an elaborate scheme to rescue Buzz from this unescapable dungeon. In Lise Birk Pedersen’s documentary Putin’s Kiss, journalist Oleg Kashin describes Nashi — the controversial political youth organization active in Russia from 2005 to 2012 — as another unescapable dungeon: “Nashi cripples young people’s morality. Many of those I know in these movements are already mentally crippled, and there is no way back for them” (Pedersen, 15:35). Attributing his brutal beating in 2010 with the founder and leader of Nashi, Vasily Yakemenko, Oleg considers Nashi an immoral and evil organization comparable to Sid’s toy torturing operation featured in Toy Story. However, in Youth Politics in Putin’s Russia: Producing Patriots and Entrepreneurs, Julie Hemment presents Nashi within a “broader political geography” and explores the nuance between how the state-run youth project was intended and how it was received (Hemment, 214). Given the perspectives and arguments presented in Putin’s Kiss and Youth Politics, I am left with the question on which I will focus: Were the political motivations and real-world youth experiences of Nashi good or evil? As a brief disclaimer,…

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