Daughter of Ex- Russian mayor contests for President

Ksenia Sobchak, whose father served as mayor of Russia second-largest city, St Petersburg in the 1990s, showed her interest in running for the 2018 Presidential election.

Her deceased father, Anatoly Sobchak, was a reputed mentor of Russia’s present President, Vladimir Putin, and former President Dmitry Medvedev.

In a video posted on her campaign website, Sobchak said she was “against everyone’’ in Russia’s present leadership and said the country was in dire need of a change.

She said that Russians born when Putin became president for the first time in 2000 would be able to vote in this election.

She expressed support for Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny, who also wants to challenge Putin for the presidency but will most likely be kept off the ballot because of legal troubles.

Putin has not yet announced that he is re-contesting, but the long-time leader is seen as almost certain to win if he does declare his candidacy.

Source: (Reuters/NAN)

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