The media found out Sobchak’s status in the criminal case of her commercial director
Journalist and former presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak has become a suspect in an extortion case filed against her commercial director Kirill Sukhanov, TASS and RT reported citing sources. The victim in the case is an official of Rostec, the TASS source specified. The article under which it was initiated provides for up to 15 years in a penal colony.
Journalist and former presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak has become a suspect in an extortion case filed against her commercial director Kirill Sukhanov, TASS and RT reported citing sources.
The victim in the case is an official of Rostec, the TASS source specified. The article under which it was initiated provides for up to 15 years in a colony. “Sobchak is suspected under paragraph “b” of paragraph 3 of Article 163 of the Criminal Code (extortion in order to obtain property on a large scale),” the TASS interlocutor specified.
TASS asked the journalist for a comment, but she would not comment on this information.
Meanwhile, lawyer Sergei Badamshin noted in his Telegram-channel that according to Part 1 of Article 46 of the CPC, a person becomes a suspect in relation to whom a criminal case is opened, or who is detained or under a preventive measure, or who is notified of suspicion of committing a crime. “None of the above happened to Sobchak. TASS sources are in a big hurry,” the lawyer wrote.
Agencies previously reported that Sobchak left Russia on the night of October 26. According to them, she left for Lithuania via Belarus. A TASS source specified that the investigators had received a detention order for the journalist. She also bought airline tickets via the Internet to Dubai and Turkey on October 25, he said. “She did this to confuse the operatives,” he explained. In the end, according to him, Sobchak entered Lithuania via Belarus.
Messages about Sobchak’s departure came after the news about the arrest of her commercial director. He and former Tatler editor-in-chief Arian Romanovsky, also detained, were charged with extortion, TASS wrote, citing Romanovsky’s lawyer Haji Aliyev. “My client was charged under Part 3 of Article 163 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Extortion on an especially large scale”). Romanovsky does not plead guilty to the crime he is charged with,” said the lawyer.
After that, the sources of “Interfax” and TASS reported about a search in Sobchak’s house near Moscow. Forbes sent her a request for comment.
Sobchak is the daughter of the first mayor of St. Petersburg, Anatoly Sobchak, and Federation Council member Lyudmila Narusova. In 2018, she became a presidential candidate for the Civic Initiative party (later renamed the Party of Change), but finished only fourth in the election with 1.68 percent of the vote.
In 2021, Sobchak was ranked seventh in Forbes’ rating of Russia’s top celebrities. Her income at the time, according to Forbes, was $4.7 million.