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Putin-Linked Celebrity Journalist Sobchak Flees Russia

  • Daughter of Putin mentor in Lithuania amid criminal case
  • Journalist, former presidential candidate questioned war
Ksenia Sobchak

Ksenia Sobchak

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The celebrity-journalist daughter of President Vladimir Putin’s political mentor fled Russia for Europe as police detained a close associate and raided her home as part of a criminal case for alleged extortion.

Ksenia Sobchak, 40, a socialite and TV presenter who has publicly questioned the invasion of Ukraine, is in Lithuania, authorities in the Baltic nation said Thursday. In her Telegram channel, she called the investigation an attack on her online media outlet. She didn’t respond to a request for comment from Bloomberg.