TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak – daughter of the former mayor of St. Petersburg and Vladimir Putin’s political mentor Anatoli Sobchak – broke the resignation and announced that she wanted to run for the presidential election in March 2018.
Ksenia will take 36 years on November 5th and in a letter sent to the economic newspaper Vedomosti explains the reasons for her choice. “My participation in the elections could really be a step towards the transformation of our country, which is so much needed,” she writes.
Ksenia Anatolyevna Sobchak is a Russian TV anchor, journalist, socialite, and actress. Sobchak became known to the wider public as a host of the reality show Dom-2 on the Russian channel TNT. She is sometimes described as Russia’s Paris Hilton. She is an anchor at an independent TV channel Dozhd.
After the parliament elections held on December 4, 2011, which are known for the large number of alleged fraud reports, Sobchak joined the protest rallies held in Russia as a response to the alleged electoral frauds.
She also took part in the campaign against Putin’s re-election, working as an observer during the president elections held on March 4, 2012.
She was one of the Russian protest leaders targeted by the Investigative Committee of Russia on June 12, 2012 when her apartment in Moscow was entered and searched.