FSB finds no extremism in presidential wannabe Sobchak's "Ukrainian Crimea" statement

FSB finds no extremism in presidential wannabe Sobchak's "Ukrainian Crimea" statement
Ksenia Sobchak

FSB has conducted a linguistic analysis of the part of Ksenia Sobchak’s press conference where she spoke about the Crimea, and reasoned that she was not actually calling for violating Russian integrity, a source familiar with the examination findings told BBC Russia.

On October 24, the TV host and a future runner for presidency said: "Under the international law, the Crimea is Ukrainian - period." According to Sobchak, that statement was followed by checks of the Prosecutor General's Office. It was the State Duma deputy Valery Rashkin who pointed it out to the Office, as well as to the FSB.

The FSB check took a little over a month, and the findings have not been reported officially, according to BBC.

Sobchak team agreed with the FSB verdict emphasizing that the TV host majored in international journalism and she always chooses her words carefully when speaking to the public.

When supporting her stance on the Crimea, Sobchak maintained that Russia had violated the 1994 Budapest Memorandum by its actions on the peninsula and what is crucial now is that it has to restore its friendship with Ukraine at all costs. Sobchak said, however, that the matter of who owns the peninsula calls for further serious discussion, since there is a "huge number of Russian people" there who support the reunification.

The day after the statement was made, the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said Sobchak’s words on the Crimea were "wrong in their essence and in form."

The Crimea statement caused a barrage of criticism from Russian officials. The head of the Agora human rights group, Pavel Chikov, pointed out that over 20 people have been prosecuted for this kind of statements in Russia so far.

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