Prosecutor's Office to check statements of presidential hopeful Sobchak on Crimea's status
The audit is conducted by the appeal of Ruslan Ostashko, the editor-in-chief of the political Internet magazine PolitRussia.
TV journalist Ksenia Sobchak said on air of Ekho Moskvy radio that the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation is conducting a check because of her statements about the Crimea's annexation to Russia.
"The Prosecutor General's Office is already checking. It is investigating my statements on the Crimea, we received an official letter," the radio station's website quotes Ksenia Sobchak.
According to the copy of the document published by Sobchak, the check is conducted upon the appeal of political Internet magazine PolitRussia editor-in-chief Ruslan Ostashko.
The Prosecutor General's Office has not yet commented on this situation.
Sobchak expressed her view on the status of the Crimea on October 24 at a press conference on her plans to participate in the presidential elections in Russia. Then she stated that "according to the international law, the Crimea is Ukrainian territory."
Ksenia Sobchak intends to participate in the presidential election in 2018. She positions herself as a candidate "against all", while advocating the uniting of "democratic forces".
In addition to Sobchak, oppositionist Alexey Navalny (CEC promises not to register him due to his criminal record), LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, one of the founders of Yabloko party Grigory Yavlinsky also plan to participate in the elections. President Vladimir Putin has not yet announced his intention to run for a fourth term.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).