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Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak announces presidential bid

19 October 2017

Russian TV personality Ksenia Sobchak said she has planned to run in a presidential election next year. She said she was sick of the same politicians, including Putin, running year after year. She also added that she had the right to run for Russia's top political job under the country's constitution.

It stipulates that all candidates must be 35 or older. Sobchak has became active in opposition politics around the time that Putin was re-elected to the presidency in 2012. Opinion polls show that President Vladimir Putin will comfortably win re-election if he decides to seek what would be his fourth term in March.