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Russian presidential candidate Sobchak doused with water and assaulted

March 04, 18:47 updated at: March 04, 19:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The incident took place when Ksenia was leaving Moscow’s Petroff Palace after celebration of Mikhail Gorbachev’s birthday

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Ksenia Sobchak

Ksenia Sobchak

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MOSCOW, March 4. /TASS/. Russian TV journalist and presidential candidate from the Civil Initiative party Ksenia Sobchak said on Sunday she had been assaulted by a man who had doused her with water.

"I have just been attacked by a man. He pushed me to the ground and spilt some liquid on me shouting out ‘This is for Zhirinovsky’ (Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the LDPR party and another presidential candidate - TASS). I called the police", she wrote on her Twitter account.

According to Sobchak’s press service, the incident took place when she was leaving Moscow’s Petroff Palace after celebrating Mikhail Gorbachev’s birthday. Her bodyguards detained the man, who doused her with water.

Earlier, appearing at the presidential debates on the Rossiya-1 television channel, Zhirinovsky confronted Sobchak using foul language only to be doused with water in exchange. 

The LDPR party has refused to comment on the incident. "We’d refrain from comments until the situation is clear", a party spokesman told TASS


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