Raid on Xenia Sobchak: Putin's adopted daughter escapes to Lithuania

Raid on Ksenia Sobchak
Putin’s adopted daughter flees to Lithuania

Xenia Sobchak has repeatedly criticized the Russian attack on Ukraine on her YouTube channel – and yet she has remained unmolested for several months. Suddenly the police are investigating the former Russian presidential candidate. The 40-year-old thinks she knows why.

Russian journalist Ksenia Sobchak has left Russia. The daughter of Anatoly Alexandrovich Sobchak, a political mentor to President Vladimir Putin, has fled to Lithuania after allegations of extortion, according to unconfirmed reports. The former presidential candidate entered the country with an Israeli passport, according to sources in the Lithuanian border guards. Lithuania banned entry to Russians on tourist visas.

Earlier, the Russian news agency TASS and the state station RT, citing police, reported that Sobchak was involved in a large-scale extortion case. Such an offense in Russia can be punished with up to 15 years in prison.

According to TASS, Sobchak’s home was already searched on Wednesday morning. In addition, the commercial director of your media company Attention Media was arrested after he was said to have accepted a payment of 800,000 rubles (about 13,000 euros). Attention Media operates, among other things, on Sobchak’s YouTube channel with more than three million subscribers. The journalist there has repeatedly criticized Russia’s attack on Ukraine in recent months.

“Attack on my editorial office”

On Telegram, Sobchak denied the allegations against her. It is an attempt to put pressure on your media company. “This is clearly an attack on my editorial office, the last free editorial office in Russia that should have come under pressure,” the 40-year-old wrote. Hope there is a misunderstanding.

Sobchak ran in the 2018 Russian presidential election against the incumbent Putin. At the time, observers accused her of allowing herself to use it to give the election the appearance of competition. Sobchak is said to be Putin’s granddaughter. Her father Anatoly, the late mayor of Saint Petersburg, was once the president and professor of the Russian president.

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