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In Photos: Meet Putin’s Female Presidential Challenger – ‘A High-profile TV Personality’

High-profile TV personality Ksenia Sobchak called for her candidacy to be regarded as a “none of the above” alternative

Ksenia Sobchak, the Russian socialite, journalist and TV host announced plans to run for Russian president next year

Ksenia Sobchak, the Russian socialite, journalist and TV host announced plans to run for Russian president next year
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She called for her candidacy to be regarded as a "none of the above" alternative

She called for her candidacy to be regarded as a “none of the above” alternative
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Ksenia, 35, is the daughter of late Anatoly Sobchak, the first democratically elected mayor of St. Petersburg who was once a political mentor to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Photo: Ksenia Sobchak with her mother Lyudmila Narusova

Ksenia, 35, is the daughter of late Anatoly Sobchak, the first democratically elected mayor of St. Petersburg who was once a political mentor to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Photo: Ksenia Sobchak with her mother Lyudmila Narusova
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Ksenia Sobchak and her husband Maksim Vitorgan, an actor and a producer of television shows

Ksenia Sobchak and her husband Maksim Vitorgan, an actor and a producer of television shows
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In recent years, Sobchak has become known as an opposition figure. Photo: Ksenia Sobchak, center, walk with protesters in downtown Moscow, 2012 a day after Vladimir Putin's inauguration

In recent years, Sobchak has become known as an opposition figure. Photo: Ksenia Sobchak, center, walk with protesters in downtown Moscow, 2012 a day after Vladimir Putin’s inauguration
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Ksenia Sobchak (right) perform in a scene from Nikolai Gogol's play The Marriage staged by Filipp Grigoryan at the Theatre of Nations in Moscow

Ksenia Sobchak at the Russian premiere comedy Pledge This! starring Paris Hilton, 2007. Her voice was dubbed over Paris Hilton's in the comedy released in Russia under the title 'Blonde in Chocolate'

Ksenia Sobchak attends the Glamour Women of the Year awards ceremony, 2009

Ksenia Sobchak at the opening of the GUM Skating Rink in Moscow's Red Square

Ksenia Sobchak at the opening of the GUM Skating Rink in Moscow’s Red Square
© Ilya Pitalev/TASS

TV personality and socialite Ksenia Sobchak announced plans to run for president of Russia next year. Sobchak, 35, is the daughter of late Anatoly Sobchak, the first democratically elected mayor of St. Petersburg who was once a political mentor to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

The presidential election in Russia will take place on March 18, 2018. The election campaign will start between December 7 and 17.

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