November 08, 2022

A Lady Leaves


A Lady Leaves
Sobchak in 2012. Wikimedia Commons, Evgeniy Isaev.

Ksenia Sobchak, a well-known Russian political and journalistic figure, has reportedly fled Russia to avoid arrest. She apparently fled to Lithuania via Belarus just hours before police were set to search her upscale Moscow apartment.

While several other public figures have fled or been arrested amid a crackdown caused by Putin's invasion of Ukraine, Sobchak is unique in that she is not a typical dissident. In fact, her father, Anatoly Sobchak, served as mayor of St. Petersburg and employed Putin himself, propelling him eventually to the presidency.

Although Ksenia Sobchak ran against Putin in the 2018 presidential elections and served as an anchor on an independent news channel, she is considered by many to be a Kremlin insider.

UPDATE: Sobchak has reportedly returned to Russia to stand trial for an extortion case. However, the exact details of the circumstances of her return are still murky.

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