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Putin mentor's daughter Ksenia Sobchak to run for president

Socialite says she is standing as a protest candidate but analysts suspect it is a Kremlin-backed move to split opposition
Ksenia Sobchak says a new generation want to see a ‘different Russia’. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

Ksenia Sobchak, the daughter of Vladimir Putin’s political mentor, has said she will stand in Russia’s presidential election next March, which Putin is expected to win.

Sobchak, a socialite and liberal journalist who has taken part in opposition protests, said she was standing as an “against all” protest candidate.

“Over the past 17 years a whole new generation has grown up that wants to see a

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