Russian reality star/presidential hopeful bursts into tears in live debate chaos (VIDEO)

Socialite-turned-politician Ksenia Sobchak stormed out of a live TV presidential debate in tears after interruptions by fellow contestants, flamboyant Liberal Democratic leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, and other candidates. Tempers flared in the studio of Rossiya 1 channel near the end of the debate on Wednesday. When Sobchak, who positions herself as the opposition candidate “against all,” tried to deliver her 30-second ...

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Your guide to 2018 Russian presidential election candidates: 4. Vladimir Zhirinovsky (LDPR)

Russians will choose between eight presidential candidates on March 18, and Vladimir Zhirinovsky is the most electorally experienced hopeful. A rabble-rouser who is notorious for his outspoken views. Who? Vladimir Zhirinovsky Party? Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) What is his background? Zhirinovsky is neither a liberal nor much of a democrat. Instead, he’s a hardcore jingoistic nationalist, best described ...

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‘Interesting behavior’: Kadyrov says West shifting blame on Russia in Skripal poisoning case

The Chechen leader has said accusations against Moscow by the UK and US in the Sergei Skripal poisoning case are an attempt to shift the blame for the incident. He said the truth would soon be uncovered by Russian intelligence. “The West demonstrates very interesting behavior. When they are attempting to justify some of their own actions, they start accusing ...

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US and EU failed to impose ‘pet president’ on Russia, says Duma speaker

The speaker of the Russian lower house has said the West’s sanctions policy has been a response to Moscow’s increased competitiveness, and had crashed Western plans to put a “tame and obedient” president in the Kremlin. “It is completely obvious that Russia is a very inconvenient competitor for them in many spheres, and they try to remove it from the ...

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“Opening Pandora’s box”: Russian weapons chief blasts Trump’s Space Force plans

The Russian deputy PM in charge of the defense industry, Dmitry Rogozin, has warned US President Donald Trump against taking the arms race into space, hinting at unpredictable negative consequences of such a plan. “If this statement means placing weapons in space, the USA is opening Pandora’s box,” Rogozin wrote on Facebook after reposting a news report about Trump’s announcement ...

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Russian businessman denies Sun report of his poisoning as fake news, ‘panic mongering’

London-based Russian businessman Georgy Shuppe has strongly denied reports of his poisoning, recently published by The Sun newspaper. He suggested that British reporters wanted to “agitate everyone” and sow “total panic.” “Nothing of what has happened there was connected with what they wrote in the newspaper. My illness had complications and I got into hospital. Yes, police were there, they ...

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Presidential candidate Sobchak denies being Putin’s goddaughter

Russian presidential candidate Kseniya Sobchak, a daughter of Vladimir Putin’s friend and mentor, has strongly denied reports that she is the incumbent’s goddaughter, but admitted Putin was present at her baptism. “The truth here is very banal. I swear that my baptism at the age of 12 was not really a memorable event… Vladimir Putin was there, among other people, ...

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Russian pacifists offered alternative military service as massage therapists, ballet dancers

Labor ministry has extended the list of professions offered for citizens who seek alternative military service. On offer are such exotic options as reindeer herders, theater actors and massage therapists, among others. Read more The new list approved by Russian Minister of Labor and Social Development Maksim Topilin has fewer organizations that can hire conscripts who choose alternative service, but ...

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'Meet you at the polling station!’ Politician’s wife hopes to raise turnout with racy photo

A risqué image of a regional deputy’s wife surrounded by unclothed models is the latest stunt to encourage Russians to vote in the presidential election on Sunday. In the picture, which has attracted national media attention, Yulia Dyatlova stands surrounded by eight long-legged young women, apparently nude, save for a banner proclaiming “We are going to the elections!” With the ...

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‘Not critical’: Russian MP expects EU sanctions to boost economy

The latest extension of economic sanctions by the European Union will not harm Russia’s economy and may even benefit some of its branches, according to an MP representing the opposition party, Fair Russia. Read more “This was a well-expected move, because the European Union is not an independent subject in international politics, it remains under the rigid control of the ...

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