By Daria Samilova
Ksenia Sobchak, a socialite and liberal journalist who has taken part in opposition protests, said she was standing as an “against all” protest candidate.The daughter of Vladimir Putin’s political mentor, Anatoli Alexandrowitsch Sobchak, has said she will stand in Russia’s presidential election next March. But do we actually know her real intentions behind perfectly scripted propaganda blogs and meetings? Yes, there is much more to be discovered about her outstanding personality.
Taking in account that Ksenia’s father was a former mayor of St. Petersburg, she was previously better known as Russia's No.1 'it girl', as well as 'Russia's Paris Hilton'. Since her late teenage days, she has been a regular face on media for posing for Russian glamour magazines, co-writing and appearing in many TV shows, and for dating a number of oligarchs. However, she went through a severe transformation following her 30th birthday and decided to revisit her political roots to do something significant for the country.
“With an army of fans and multi-million earnings, Ms Sobchak clearly believed she was in a place to judge.”
In the following years, she gave numerous interviews talking about her sudden change of heart, but critics saw it as one of her publicity stunts, as “playing politics” was the newest trend. The fact that she launched a number of political shows during this time and most significantly participated as talk show host on “TV Rain|, the leading voice for liberal Moscow. Co-produced with the channel’s then editor-in-chief, Mikhail Zygar, her shows were hugely popular. They were sharp and smart, and featured the newsmakers Russians wanted to see. With influence and connections that reached across the political spectrum, there were few people who could turn Ms Sobchak down.
On October 18, 2017, she announced her intention to run for presidency opposite Vladimir Putin, who is almost certain to win the election. The news became a media sensation as she has been dubbed as Putin's godchild and the closeness between the two families is not a secret. Many claim that she is just a spoiler candidate set up by the Kremlin to split the opposition vote, much like billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov in 2012. However, she asserted that she would consider withdrawing candidacy if Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition leader who is officially barred from running for presidency, is allowed as a candidate.
Despite her participation in the presidential elections, many people still think that Ksenia is leading her campaign to once again stand in the middle of the scandal.The two main reasons that predict her loss in the election:
-That she is a woman
-People still see her as the "It-Girl" she was years ago
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