October 18, 2017 / 4:26 PM / 9 months ago

Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak announces presidential bid

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak said on Wednesday she planned to run in a presidential election next year, offering liberal voters unhappy with Kremlin rule someone to get behind, but will little prospect she will win.

FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader and TV host Ksenia Sobchak (R) talks to the media after leaving a building of the Russian Investigative Committee in Moscow June 15, 2012. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

“My name is Ksenia Sobchak, I’m 36 years old. And like any other citizen of Russia I now have the right to run for the presidency,” Sobchak said in a video clip posted online.

“I decided to exercise that right.”

Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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