- A prominent Russian media star who fled the country posted that she was in “big trouble”.
- The presence of Ksenia Sobchak, who has family ties to Putin, was confirmed last week in Lithuania.
- She has since posted about the media backlash and said she is isolated from her loved ones.
A Russian media star who fled the country last week in large part over the weekend said she “may be in big trouble”.
Ksenia Sobchak, who is rumored to be the divine daughter of President Vladimir Putin, Posted on Telegram On Saturday she was cut off from her friends and family Since she fled to Lithuania October 25.
Sobchak snuck out of Russia after Kirill Sukhanov, the commercial director of her media company Ostrogno Media, was arrested on charges of extortion — a move she condemned as an attempt to intimidate the media.
According to the state-controlled media TASSAccording to Russian police, Sobchak confused the authorities by buying flights to Dubai and then crossing by land instead, via Belarus to Lithuania.
After leaving, the police searched her house in Moscow and she was named as a suspect in the case, I mentioned tas.
In her Telegram message on Saturday, Sobchak wrote: “My thoughts are with my family, from whom I broke up.”
She later added in the post, “Yes, I’m in trouble. Perhaps, in big trouble.” She did not explain what she was referring to.
Russian police had named Sobchak as a suspect in the racketeering case, which accuses Sukhanov, the commercial director, as well as another media mogul – former Russian Tatler editor Aryan Romanovsky – of extorting millions of rubles from the head of the defense conglomerate Rostec.
However, as of Friday, the police have rescinded this status and now consider her a witness, I mentioned tas. The newspaper reported this on Saturday, in an article published after Sobchak was published.
Sobchak did not respond to Insider’s request for comment. An actress mentioned on her Instagram profile only as “Lena” said that she had not been in contact with Sobchak at the time of publication, and did not confirm her whereabouts until Monday. Two other representatives did not comment; All Russian phone numbers answered.
On Friday, Lithuanian intelligence services confirmed that Sobchak was in the country, where they said she had the right to stay for 90 days.
Sobchak is one of Russia’s biggest media stars, has family ties to Putin – with a long rumor saying that she is the president’s daughter.
She is the daughter of Anatoly Sobchak, the former mayor of St Petersburg who employed Putin as a deputy and helped him rise to power. According to PoliticoPutin attended the baptism of Ksenia Sobchak.
Sobchak’s glamorous life and reality TV career earned her the nickname “Russian Paris Hilton,” an image she tried to shake off as her media career matured and when she ran in 2018 as a presidential candidate.
While pro-democracy activists viewed the challenge with skepticism, Sobchak adopted some liberal stances, such as her 2014 criticism of the annexation of Crimea, Politico reported.
After the arrest of Sukhanov, she wrote: “Obviously, this is a raid on my editorial office, the last free editorial office in Russia, which had to be closed.”According to the translation of the Washington Post.
In her latest post referring to her situation, Sobchak denounced the backlash she received in the Russian media, As reported by the Russian newspaper Kommersant.
Citing numerous examples of what she called “bullying” and fake news, she wrote bitterly about the coverage saying, “Oh my God, how must you all hate me, just for not being part of any group. How do you like tearing me up!”
“And I hate you for being so shallow and petty. Yes, I’m in trouble. Probably, in big trouble. I’m glad that made you smile on this dark evening.”
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