Ksenia Anatolyevna Sobchak  born 5 November is a Russian politician, TV anchor, journalist, socialite and actress. She is the younger daughter of the first democratically elected mayor of Saint Petersburg , Anatoly Sobchak , and the Russian senator Lyudmila Narusova. Sobchak became known to the wider public as a host of the reality show Dom-2 on the Russian channel TNT.
She is an anchor at an independent TV channel "Rain" Dozhd. Sobchak was the Civic Initiative's candidate for the Russian presidential election. Sobchak is the second daughter of the first democratically elected mayor of Saint Petersburg Anatoly Sobchak and Lyudmila Narusova , a Russian politician.
Sobchak has described herself as being of part Jewish heritage. As a child, Sobchak attended the ballet school attached to the Mariinsky Theatre and the Hermitage Museum art school. Sobchak became famous in , as a host of the reality show Dom She left the show in , because the show's lowbrow orientation became incongruent with her political activism.
However, she soon left the program, since, according to her, it turned into a never-ending discussion of public utilities maintenance. The show was supposed to cover hot social and political issues. The first episode of the show, titled "Where is Putin leading us?
The second episode was supposed to feature an interview with anti-corruption blogger Aleksey Navalny. MTV Russia representatives explained their decision to cancel the show with the lack of interest in politics among the channel's audience.
Sobchak acted in the comedies Hitler goes Kaput! Sobchak also acted in the film Thieves and Prostitutes Russian media at the time attributed a relationship between Sobchak and Timati. Sobchak had earlier posed for the cover of the British band Pulp 's This is Hardcore album.
Released in , the album's artwork was produced by the artist John Currin. Asked about the cover, Sobchak said "The shoot was fun. Jarvis is very nice, very shy. This is down compared to her ranking, when she was the 5th highest paid celebrity in Russia. The main source of this annual revenue is from advertising contracts. On 28 December , Sobchak was on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to New York City when she and other passengers determined that the pilot was drunk prior to take-off.
Sobchak used her socialite status to call Aeroflot representatives and remove the pilot from the cockpit. In , Russia's Tatler magazine included her in a list of most desirable single women in the country. The list was based on women's fortune and celebrity status. She is known across Russia as a socialite, TV host and presenter. Sobchak was Russia's No. He built a close relationship with Putin, in particular, and in Anatoly helped launch Putin's career in politics when he was the mayor of Saint Petersburg.
Putin then helped Anatoly flee Russia when he was wanted on corruption charges. Sobchak declared her candidacy in the Russian presidential election on 18 October She said: "With Vladimir Vladimirovich, my family has been associated with a great deal Putin, she said, told her that "every person has the right to make their own decisions and must be responsible for them". In September , prior to her announcement to run, Putin said of Sobchak's presidential intentions to a press conference at the 9th BRICS summit , that "Every person has the right to nominate himself in accordance with the law.
And Ksenia Sobchak is not an exception here. I respect her father Anatoly Sobchak , I believe that he was an outstanding figure in contemporary Russian history. I'm saying this without a trace of irony. He was very decent, played a big role in my own destiny. But when it comes to running for presidency, things of a personal nature cannot play any significant role. It depends on what program she's offering, if she'll actually run, and how she'll build her presidential campaign".
Sobchak has cited the Decembrists , 19th century aristocrats who forfeited their palaces and were sentenced to exile for challenging the ultimate power of the tsar , as one of her inspirations. Some skeptics accuse Sobchak of being a pawn of Putin bent to undermine opposition candidate Aleksei Navalny ; the Kremlin often handpicks a high-profile liberal candidate to run in elections as part of its policy of " managed democracy " wherein Putin attempts to control the entire process. Other skeptics suspect Sobchak's candidacy is mostly about building her brand.
Sobchak did not believe she could win against Putin in , but has stated she's in it for the long haul: "Of course I want to be president, I want to win, but I also want to be sincere. In a system created by Putin, it is only possible for Putin to win.
I am realistic about who will become the president. On 15 March , Sobchak and Dmitry Gudkov announced the creation of a new party, called the Party of Changes on the basis of the party Civic Initiative. Today, Sobchak is critical of Putin's political policies. Although she says she had "happily" voted for Putin in the past when she was younger, she will not do so any longer. In the Russian presidential election , Sobchak says she voted for Mikhail Prokhorov.
After the parliament elections held on 4 December , 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 was one of the Russian protest participants targeted by the Investigative Committee of Russia on 12 June , when her apartment in Moscow was entered and searched. On 18 October , she declared her candidacy for the presidency of Russia. Sobchak is a supporter of free-market capitalism and privatization.
Outlining her economic views, she writes:. Russia is a country of a free economy with a strong state sector. All large state corporations should be privatized with antitrust restrictions. The state should not control any sectors of the economy, the state's share in enterprises and industries should be limited to breaking up monopolies. Private property should be protected by law, the review of any ownership and nationalization are possible only on a reimbursable basis on the basis of independent market valuations.
Reform of tax and regulatory legislation and practices should stimulate the development of private entrepreneurship, small and medium-sized businesses, technological and innovative development of enterprises, education. The list of licensed branches of the economy should be significantly reduced. Sobchak describes herself as a patriot and a nationalist.
However, she believes that much of the patriotism in Russia today is artificial. She writes, contrasting patriotism unfavorably with the situation in Israel:. Israel, in my opinion, is a hymn to the power of the human spirit Patriotism, not imposed from above, but born within a person.
And that's another amazing thing. This sense of the importance of your life for the state [in Israel] is created by many more small, as if imperceptible actions And these little details are much more valuable than all the spirit-lifting speeches on May Day and Victory Day. And I sit, listen and feel bitter from the fact that in my home country all this is not. Sobchak describes herself as a feminist. In her manifesto, she derides the lack of women's representation in industry and politics.
Almost heavy professions in Russia are officially closed to women. In any case, half the country's population deserves a female voice for the first time in 14 years in these allegedly male games. Ksenia Sobchak is of the opinion that, having annexed Crimea from Ukraine in , Russia violated the Budapest Memorandum ; she claimed on 24 October that "Under these agreements, we agreed that Crimea is Ukrainian, which is the most important for me".
Sobchak stressed that she did not consider the issue with Crimea resolved. Sobchak has said that if she becomes president, she will remove the body of Vladimir Lenin from Red Square , since, in her opinion, this is an indicator of a "medieval way of life in the country The two married on 1 February Sobchak married theatre director Konstantin Bogomolov on 13 September In , Sobchak said that if there was ever the possibility of political persecution against her, she had thought about emigration or getting an Israeli passport, but would prefer America where she could find a Russian-speaking community:.
I'm a very big patriot. I really love my job, the city, my friends. And if tomorrow is war, then the place for emigration will have to be a Russian-speaking place. I have to work in Russian. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs ; the patronymic is Anatolyevna and the family name is Sobchak. Maxim Vitorgan m. Konstantin Bogomolov m. Ksenia Sobchak's voice. See also: Ksenia Sobchak presidential campaign, Rossiyskaya Gazeta in Russian. Retrieved 8 February Business Insider.
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