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Russian journalist Ksenia Sobchak escapes investigation

Former presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak fled to Lithuania. The former TV star repeatedly criticized the war against Ukraine.

Russian journalist Ksenia Sobchak, the daughter of Vladimir Putin’s former political adviser, has fled Russia to Lithuania after allegations of blackmail. The former presidential candidate entered the country with an Israeli passport, a Lithuanian border guard source confirmed to the AFP news agency on Wednesday. Lithuania has barred entry to Russians with tourist visas.

Russian news agency Tass and state broadcaster RT previously quoted police as saying Sobchak was suspected in a large-scale extortion case. Such offenses carry a prison sentence of up to 15 years. According to Tass, Sobchak’s residence was searched on Wednesday morning.

Close family ties to Putin

In recent months, Sobchak has repeatedly criticized Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on his YouTube channel. In 2018, Sobchak ran for President of Russia against incumbent Vladimir Putin. At the time, however, observers accused Sobchak of running only to give the appearance of competition. Sobchak is said to be Putin’s goddaughter. His father, Anatoly, the late mayor of St. Petersburg, was once head of the Russian presidency.

On Wednesday, Sobchak rejected the allegations against him on the online service Telegram, saying it was an attempt to pressure his media company, Attention Media. “It is clear that this is an attack on my editorial office, the last free editorial office in Russia that had to be put under pressure,” the 40-year-old wrote in Telegram. He hopes there is a misunderstanding.

The commercial director of your company was arrested earlier. Attention Media manages several projects in online networks, including Sobchak’s own YouTube channel with more than three million subscribers.


SULTAN MAHMUDhttps://nextpress.news/
Bangladesh Politics, Political Development, Party Politics, International Affiars, Liberation War of Bangladesh, Peace and Conflict & Conflict Resolution, Security Studies.
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