Russia's Radical Chic

Channel 4

Unreported World

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Reporter Marcel Theroux and director David Fuller meet the glamorous young socialite and former host of Russia's Big Brother programme, who has swapped her high profile TV stardom for a life leading political protests against President Putin who also happens to be a close family friend.

Ksenia Sobchak is one of the most famous people in Russia, known by millions as a TV star and member of the elite which made fortunes following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Her father was the mayor of St Petersburg and mentor to Vladimir Putin, a family friend. A quick search of her career highlights on YouTube turns up clips of her dancing lasciviously, fighting with a boyfriend, and being carried home to her apartment in a drunken stupor.

So, when Muscovites took to the streets last December in a series of unprecedented mass protests against electoral fraud and the Putin regime they were amazed when she joined them – telling them she had a lot to lose in fighting their cause. 

Critics Choice 

- The Independent, The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times & The Mail on Sunday

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First Broadcast

December 14, 2012



Producer Director

David Fuller


Marcel Theroux

Executive Producer

Eamonn Matthews


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