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Zhirinovsky is calling Sobchak a whore and a bunch of other insults, so she throws water on him.
The level of insane chauvinism in this Presidential candidate is just unbelievable.
As Julia Davis pointed out in a Tweet, however, nobody came to Sobchak’s defense. Nobody. Russia is emulating a cesspool.
- Ksenia Sobchak, 36, threw water on veteran nationalist ‘Mad Vlad’ Zhirinovsky
- At one point Zhironovsky called Sobchak a ‘w****’ and said she should ‘shut up’
- A former Playboy and Maxim model, Sobchak has known Putin since childhood
The only woman seeking to oust Vladimir Putin from the Kremlin has made a splash in a presidential election TV debate by throwing a glass of water over a rival candidate.
Ksenia Sobchak – a 36-year-old television presenter and former men’s magazine model – reacted after being insulted by veteran ultranationalist Vladimir ‘Mad Vlad’ Zhirinovsky.
The bizarre exchanges showed the dismal level of debate in an election with only one winner – Putin.
He is not taking part in the debates with other candidates – and with this standard of debate, it’s hard to argue with him.
Nor is he staging any significant campaign, yet no-one doubts he will surge to victory.
At one point 71-year-old political dinosaur Zhironovsky called Sobchak a ‘w****’ and she hit back: ‘Do you really think that a man can talk to a woman like that?’
Later he told her: ‘Shut up, you idiot.’
He also branded Sobchak – who once presented a popular TV reality show called ‘Dom-2’ – as ‘filth’.
Other candidates could not get a word in edgeways in the gutter-level debate.
Sobchak says she wants Putin out of the Kremlin but admits he will easily win a new six-year term.
A former Playboy and Maxim model, she has known Putin since childhood and is the daughter of his political mentor, the late Anatoly Sobchak, former mayor of St Petersburg.
Some even call her Putin’s goddaughter.
He was present at her Christening, but she denies he is her godfather, and insists he should now quit the Kremlin and slink into retirement.
She is the most pro-Western of the candidates for the Kremlin but has indicated she would protect him from corruption charges if she won the March 18 election.
She has also denied that she is standing as a favour to him, to protect him from criticism over a controversial election ban on charismatic Alexei Navalny, a more potent opponent.
Sobchak has also faced campaign criticism over her fashion taste.
In today’s TV debate she was accused of wearing a black ‘half-fascist’ outfit by a political analyst.
She responded: ‘Half-fascist’ outfit?
‘It is a totally chic suit … I will familiarise you with fashion in politics and the fashion for politics.’