Sobchak says ‘Crimea is Ukraine. Period’

Kseniya Sobchak making a special announcement on TV Rain about her plan to run as a candidate in 2018 Russian presidential elections opposing Vladimir Putin. October 18, 2017 (Image: YouTube video capture)

Kseniya Sobchak making a special announcement on TV Rain about her plan to run as a candidate in 2018 Russian presidential elections opposing Vladimir Putin. October 18, 2017 (Image: YouTube video capture) 

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Kseniya Sobchak, the Kremlin-promoted “sparring partner” for Vladimir Putin in the upcoming presidential elections, says that “Crimea is Ukraine. Period. … We did not keep our word. We violated the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. We promised and we did not fulfill this promise.”

According to her, “we must discuss it further. This is a big problem” because “Ukraine is undoubtedly the most important partner of Russia. And the restoration of normal good relations is certainly the most important task which stands before Russia, in my view. This is extremely important.”

Contrary to her currently stated opinion, Kseniya Sobchak viewed Putin's military anschluss of Crimea positively when it happened in March 2014. Here's her tweet from the time: "By the way, all my friends are against the Crimea[n annexation, but] I am proudly alone in my opinion that this is a brilliantly-played political combination." (Image: Twitter screenshot)

Contrary to her current statement, Kseniya Sobchak viewed Putin’s military anschluss of Crimea positively when it happened in March 2014. Here’s her tweet from the time: “By the way, all my friends are against the Crimea[n annexation, but] I am proudly alone in my opinion that this is a brilliantly-played political combination.” (Image: Twitter screenshot)

Meanwhile, an initiative group, Tatars for Sobchak, has appealed to her to support non-Russian languages against Vladimir Putin’s efforts to reduce their importance by denying non-Russian republics the power to require all students in them to learn these languages.

Sobchak’s position on Ukraine and the position the Tatars have urged her to take on languages put her very much at odds not only with Putin but also with Alexei Navalny who has supported the Crimean Anschluss and backed moves against the non-Russian nations inside the Russian Federation.

At the very least, this will irritate those in the Kremlin who pushed her candidacy. But it may lead to something more serious: the injection of the nationality question at home and the occupation of Crimea into the center of the presidential campaign, something Russian experts and Russian politicians have always worried about and warned against.

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  • Screwdriver

    If Navalny allowed to run, Sobchak would take some ultra-liberal votes from him, but regardless..they both doomed no matter what. Kremlin owned mass media would destroy them.

    • zorbatheturk

      Kremtroll gibberish.

  • zorbatheturk

    Nobody could have worse relations with Ukraine than Vladimir Putin.

    • Ihor Dawydiak

      This of course only applies to individuals who have a reasonable chance of replacing Russia’s Grand Pederast. As such, there are other politicians such as Vladimir Zhirinovsky or Aleksandr Dugin who should be considered as ultra fascists that would be even worse than Putin.

      • zorbatheturk

        Putin has the money and the power.

    • veth

      BREAKING NEWS!

      Representatives of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov, who were convicted in the occupied Crimea, have been handed over to Turkey, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev has told the Ukrainska Pravda news site.

      According to him, Chiygoz and Umerov were first brought to Simferopol, Crimea, then a plane took them to Anapa, Russia, and about an hour ago the airplane with them left for Ankara.

      Dzhemilev added that this exchange was possible due to the agreements reached during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Ukraine.

      On September 11, a court in Russia-annexed Crimea sentenced Chiygoz to eight years in a strict-regime colony. His defense team filed two appeals against this court decision.
      The Russian authorities of the occupied Crimea charged him with organizing mass riots.
      On September 27, a Kremlin-controlled court in Simferopol sentenced Umerov to two years in prison.

      Deputies of the European Parliament condemned the verdicts passed by the Russian authorities with respect to Umerov and Chiygoz.

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    Finally, a breath of fresh air from the swamps of Muscovy. However, it remains to be seen if Putin will take retaliatory actions against Sobchak who now represents a modicum of decency in a state run by monsters.

    • Oknemfrod

      Who’d “retaliate”? Without the dwarf’s personal approval she would’ve never gotten in this farcical “race” in the first place. What she says or will say is approved, too. The real goal here is to prettify the “election” in the eyes of the world outside Russia by showing its fake diversity. Needless to say, many will bite (and are already biting) the nibble based on what she says. In reality, what she says or does makes as much difference to the outcome of this “election” and political situation in Russia in general as what she exhales – to the atmosphere’s composition.

      • Ihor Dawydiak

        A very distinct possibility if not probability considering the fact that Putin has clearly demonstrated that he has been both a devious and a shrewd manipulator. As such, another question that must be considered would be why would Sobchak be allowed to make such a commentary on Crimea without being viciously attacked by Putin’s news media. However, it remains far too early to know with absolute certainty as to the extent that Sobchak would be willing to go (if that is even the case) in attacking Putin and his regime. For example, will she even bring up issues such as Putin’s human rights record, his suppression of nationalities, cronyism in the Kremlin, Putin’s ill gotten wealth, regional disparities, the almost total malaise in the Russian economy, unemployment, poverty, crumbling infrastructure, lack of proper housing as well as Putin’s never ending aggression against Russia’s neighbors and especially Russia’s role in the wars in Russian occupied Donbas and in Syria? Finally, if she does criticize Putin on these matters and appears to gain significant public support, how would Putin react? Time will tell if she is real or just another Putin puppet.

        • Oknemfrod

          She’ll go only as far as she is permitted to. This entire thing, especially given her lewdish celebrity status, smells a mile away of a well-orchestrated farce. She’s actually a pretty shrewd broad and would never get into anything where her posterior could even remotely be nipped. She’s well connected, too, her primary connection being the dwarf himself (she’s almost like a family member there), and the chances he would do anything as much as hinting at harming the dwarf’s business range from zero to zero.

          • slavko

            Ever watch how a hawk dives while screeching towards the ground from a great height to flush out prey? Same here. They may be trying to flush out the prey.

          • Ihor Dawydiak

            There is another possibility. Putin could also be using Sobchak to further divide the opposition to his rule with his real target being Navalny. However, should this be the case, Sobchak in all probability would expect something substantial in return. Perhaps a huge payoff?

          • Oknemfrod

            You’ve read my mind, pane-brate.

      • zorbatheturk

        I think you have nailed it.

  • Murf

    That poor cute young lady is going to get acid thrown on her face by a Putinist nut job.
    But she does remind me why I used to have hope for the Russian people.
    To bad the Putin regime will chew her up and spit her out.

  • zorbatheturk

    RuSSian politix is a farce.