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The resume of the Russian journalist Ksenia Sobchack40, is extensive: Playboy cover, host of a reality showactress, writer, Big Brother contestant and owner of many channels communications critical of the Kremlin. But despite her prolific career, Sobchak has been known for years as “the darling” of power. The paris hilton moscowas baptized by the country’s press.

daughter of Anatoly Sobchakmayor of Saint Petersburg in the 1990s and former boss and mentor of Vladimir Putin, is rumored to be the goddaughter of the current Russian president. She has denied that link on numerous occasions, especially after in 2011 she surprised leading the massive protests against the government.

Later in 2018 stood in the presidential election with the aim of defeating his father’s friend, a move his critics dismissed as a publicity stunt designed to create the impression that the election was competitive.

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However, his opposition has ended up taking its toll on him. At a time when the figure of the Russian leader is in question due to the failures of the war in Ukraine, the media influencer has become the latest victim of Putin’s purge of dissidents.

This Tuesday, the Moscow police carried out an exhaustive search at Sobchak’s house, which managed to escape to Lithuania. For this he bought several plane tickets to go to Dubai via Istanbul, although in reality traveled by car to Belarus. There, he crossed the border into the Baltic country with an Israeli passport (which does not require a visa), according to the chairman of the Lithuanian Department of State Security, Darius Jauniskis.

Russian socialite and journalist Ksenia Sobchak

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“As an Israeli citizen, with a valid passport, you do not need a permit and can enter Lithuania and stay here for up to 90 days,” said the Lithuanian authorities, who together with those of Estonia and Latvia have established a veto to visas of Russian citizens.

As can be seen in security camera recordings leaked by a Lithuanian newspaper, Sobchak, with his head down, wearing sunglasses and a cap, spent the passport control from the Belarusian border on Wednesday. She was accompanied at all times by a man who controlled that no one followed them.

Investigated for “extortion”

According to the Russian news agency TASSthe search in the former model’s mansion is part of a criminal investigation against her media director, Kirill Sukhanov, who was arrested on extortion charges. He is accused of try to blackmail with 11 million rubles Sergey Chemezov, head of the Russian state defense corporation Rostec and a former KGB general close to Putin.

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According to the researchers, Sukhanov demanded this amount in exchange for deleting a negative post on a Telegram channel run by the magazine’s former editor-in-chief tattlerArian Romanovski, who, according to unofficial data, is also accused in the case, according to Europe Press.

In this sense, the Russian journalist pointed out that it was “a raid on my editorial office, the last free office in Russiawhich had to be repressed.” “I hope it’s not and it’s all really a misunderstanding,” he added on his channel.

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