Former leader of Kremlin-backed Nashi Movement becomes one of US most successful young business people

Former leader of Kremlin-backed Nashi Movement becomes one of US most successful young business people
Masha Drokova Photo: Znak.com

Masha Drokova was born in 1989 in Tambov. At 15, Drokova joined the pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi (lit. ‘My Folk’) and soon became the federal commissioner and official speaker of the movement.

Masha Drokova, 29, the former leader of the pro-Putin Nashi movement, who left the country for the United States, features in Forbes’s list of the most successful business people under 30 in North America.

Fontanka said that Forbes’s rating has 20 sections sorting the participants by industry. Each of them features 30 people, so there are 600 businessmen and businesswomen in the list overall. The Venture Capital section listed Drokova as the founder of Day One Ventures in San Francisco.

Masha Drokova was born in 1989 in Tambov. At 15, Drokova joined the pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi (lit. ‘My Folk’) and soon became the federal commissioner and official speaker of the movement. Drokova is also known as the girl who kissed Vladimir Putin on the cheek during his 2009 visit to Seliger.

At some point, however, Drokova met people from the liberal opposition, such as the Kommersant journalist Oleg Kashin, and reconsidered her political views. Subsequently, the young woman found a job in New York and moved to the United States. Last March it was reported that Drokova had received a US green card.

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