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Move over, Trump. A Russian Twitter celebrity wants the nuclear codes, too Behold presidential hopeful Ksenia Sobchak's tweets about protests, Putin, Crimea, and politics

Source: Meduza
Vyacheslav Prokofiev / Kommersant

Television host and socialite Ksenia Sobchak has announced her intention to run for Russian president next year. She first showed a serious interest in politics in late 2011, as a wave of protests swept Moscow, following disputed parliamentary elections that December. Subsequently, Sobchak’s interest in politics has faded somewhat, but she’s continued to write occasionally about the subject on Twitter, where she has more than 1.6 million followers. Meduza reviews the most memorable political tweets by this would-be Russian leader.

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Ksenia Sobchak tweets about the 2011-2012 protests 😷

(On December 9, 2011 — ahead of a large protest planned at Bolotnaya Square, not far from the Kremlin — then Russian Chief Sanitary Inspector Gennady Onishchenko warned that protesters risked getting sick outside in the cold weather, and recommended staying home.)

(On June 12, 2012, police raided Sobchak's Moscow apartment, seizing 1.1 million euros ($1.3 million), $522,392, and 485,325 rubles (about $8,500) in cash. At the time, her lawyer claimed the raid was tied to an investigation into her then boyfriend, opposition activist Ilya Yashin. Three months later, officials returned the money to Sobchak, without pressing any charges for tax evasion.)

(Ksenia Sobchak and Russian singer Elena Vaenga have had a long-standing public feud, where the two ridicule each other's television work.)

Ksenia Sobchak tweets about Putin 🐼

Ksenia Sobchak tweets about Crimea ⚖️

(In 2007, comedy pop singer Verka Serduchka was chosen to represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, Finland, with the song "Dancing Lasha Tumbai.” Many believe the tune's gibberish name was meant to sound like the phrase “Russia goodbye,” though Serduchka has denied this.)

Verka Serduchka - Dancing Lasha Tumbai (Ukraine) 2007 Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Song Contest

Ksenia Sobchak tweets about Russian politics 🍬

Ksenia Sobchak tweets about her own presidential candidacy 🤳

Translations by Kevin Rothrock