Meet ‘Russia’s Paris Hilton’ Ksenia Sobchak, the young socialite and TV host challenging Putin for the Russian presidency

Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak, who recently announced plans to run in the upcoming presidential election, attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

TV host, actress, and socialite Ksenia Sobchak — who some call the “Russian Paris Hilton” — is an unlikely challenger to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s tight grip over Russian society.

But Sobchak, whose father Anatoly Sobchak was the first elected mayor of St. Petersburg and one of the framers of Russia’s modern constitution, is a nationally recognized figure in the country, and she’s already made a name for herself among the country’s opposition.

She has also been invited to the national prayer breakfast with President Donald Trump in Washington on February 1, which will be well-attended by fellow Russian political figures.

Here’s how Sobchak went from pop culture darling to a straight-talking politician taking on Russia’s authoritarian president:

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Ksenia Anatolyevna Sobchak was born into a revered Russian political family on November 5, 1981.

Source: New York Times

Her parents were Anatoly Sobchak and Lyudmila Narusova, both respected liberal St. Petersburg politicians. Ironically, her father was Putin’s mentor, and helped him get his start in national politics.

Source: New York Times

Sobchak’s childhood was spent attending the famous Heritage Museum art school. She also took ballet classes as the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.

Source: The Famous People

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