Russia’s ‘fake’ election

Only one person can win the Russian election. So why would anyone risk it all to challenge Vladimir Putin?

Ksenia Sobchak is a Russian socialite turned opposition journalist. Now she’s running for the Russian presidency. But many opposition supporters say she’s a fake candidate, running a no-hope race to boost the Kremlin’s democratic credentials. She herself admits she has no chance of winning.

Gabriel Gatehouse joined Ksenia Sobchak on the campaign trail and found a twisted tale of intrigue, power struggles and family loyalties in a country where nothing is as simple as it first appears. Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme – with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.
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