Ksenia Sobchak loses a lawsuit against Vladimir Putin
Russia’s Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit by Ksenia Sobchak asking the judges to throw out Vladimir Putin’s registration as a presidential candidate in this year’s election on the grounds that he’s already served three terms in office.
Sobchak, who’s also running for president this year, argued that Putin “bypassed the law” by inviting Dmitry Medvedev to serve as a Kremlin placeholder from 2008 to 2012. The Russian Constitution, however, only limits individuals to two consecutive terms, meaning that Putin’s “castling move,” as it’s known in Russia, is perfectly legal.
Sobchak’s lawsuit was widely viewed as a political stunt to convince skeptics that she’s not Vladimir Vladimirovich’s lapdog.