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Putin mentor’s daughter Ksenia Sobchak to run for president

Socialite says she is standing as a protest candidate but analysts suspect it is a Kremlin-backed move to split opposition

Ksenia Sobchak, the daughter of Vladimir Putin’s political mentor, has said she will stand in Russia’s presidential election next March, which Putin is expected to win.

Sobchak, a socialite and liberal journalist who has taken part in opposition protests, said she was standing as an “against all” protest candidate.

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