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Russia: Presidential candidate Sobchak lashes out over questions about alleged phone call02:47

Russia: Presidential candidate Sobchak lashes out over questions about alleged phone call

Russian Federation, Moscow
January 30, 2018 at 18:59 GMT -00:00 · Published

SOT, Ksenia Sobchak, Russian presidential candidate: “I don’t think it’s correct to discuss criminal case, because this was a private talk on telephone, which…it was done by FSB so it was a criminal case and it was criminally reported so I don’t think it’s ethical to discuss my private telephone conversations."

SOT, Reporter: “But in that private telephone conversation..."

SOT, Ksenia Sobchak, Russian presidential candidate: “I don’t think it’s correct to discuss any private conversations, or my private analysis or my private letters. No it’s a criminal case and you know this, it’s unconstitutional to do this, to discuss it and even to report it. If you would show this on your TV, I would write it on Roskomnadzor [Russian state mass media watchdog] and they would close it because it’s unlawful. I won’t do this but I’m just saying you we can’t discuss unlawful things, it’s unconstitutional…”

SOT, Reporter: “You know many of Aleksei Navalny’s movies are deemed unconstitutional in this country…”

SOT, Ksenia Sobchak, Russian presidential candidate: “No, no if you… no. His movies are discussing corruption and showing palaces of the people. Look how you do it, this we discuss palaces of the people who are built on my money and your money and you want to discuss my telephone private telephone call, no. I’m not going…it’s illegal to discuss my telephone calls. If you are working with the FSB who took these calls, once again if you’re cooperating with them … I think you can do a certain other…”

SOT, Reporter: “Millions of people in Russia listened to that call.”

SOT, Ksenia Sobchak, Russian presidential candidate: “I do not want to listen to any calls. I’m not listening to [Boris] Nemtsov calls who was killed and his calls was also there, so no, I won't discuss my private calls which were illegally taped by FSB as I was not listening and never would listen to Nemtsov calls that were also distributed through all the Internet. I think it’s something that people don’t do, it’s unethical. And my mother…

SOT, Reporter: it's unethical given what was on that call?..."

SOT, Ksenia Sobchak, Russian presidential candidate: “Yes, it’s unethical because it’s my private. I can say in my home whatever I think is right and in my letters, private letters, I can write whatever I think is right. And my mother said to me that I should never read someone’s SMS, someone’s letters and discuss some phone calls that were taped.

SOT, Reporter: "Did your mother tell you that you should be niceer to people when you talk on the phone? Did she?"

SOT, Ksenia Sobchak, Russian presidential candidate: “So I was never doing this and my advice to you, my advice to you, be ethical enough not to read some other private letters, you know? So let’s discuss something else.”

Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak lashed out at a reporter during an interview in Moscow on Tuesday, when she was asked about a phone call she allegedly had with her neighbours in 2013, which was leaked on the Internet.

During the call, the woman who is believed to be Sobchak appears to complain about noise caused by building works and a noise restriction intended to allow children in the building to nap during the day. She allegedly said, “if you plan to have some sort of ‘quiet hours’ for these little bastards, I will be having rave parties at exactly this time.”

When asked about the call on Tuesday, Sobchak said “I will not discuss my private calls which were illegally taped by FSB as I was not listening and never would listen to [Boris] Nemtsov calls that were also distributed through all the internet. I think it’s something that people don’t do, it’s unethical.”

“If you would show this on your TV, I would write it on Roskomnadzor [Russian state mass media watchdog] and they would close it because it’s unlawful,” she added.

On October 18, 2017, Sobchak announced her candidacy for the Russian presidential elections, which are due to take place on March 18, 2018.

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SOT, Ksenia Sobchak, Russian presidential candidate: “I don’t think it’s correct to discuss criminal case, because this was a private talk on telephone, which…it was done by FSB so it was a criminal case and it was criminally reported so I don’t think it’s ethical to discuss my private telephone conversations."

SOT, Reporter: “But in that private telephone conversation..."

SOT, Ksenia Sobchak, Russian presidential candidate: “I don’t think it’s correct to discuss any private conversations, or my private analysis or my private letters. No it’s a criminal case and you know this, it’s unconstitutional to do this, to discuss it and even to report it. If you would show this on your TV, I would write it on Roskomnadzor [Russian state mass media watchdog] and they would close it because it’s unlawful. I won’t do this but I’m just saying you we can’t discuss unlawful things, it’s unconstitutional…”

SOT, Reporter: “You know many of Aleksei Navalny’s movies are deemed unconstitutional in this country…”

SOT, Ksenia Sobchak, Russian presidential candidate: “No, no if you… no. His movies are discussing corruption and showing palaces of the people. Look how you do it, this we discuss palaces of the people who are built on my money and your money and you want to discuss my telephone private telephone call, no. I’m not going…it’s illegal to discuss my telephone calls. If you are working with the FSB who took these calls, once again if you’re cooperating with them … I think you can do a certain other…”

SOT, Reporter: “Millions of people in Russia listened to that call.”

SOT, Ksenia Sobchak, Russian presidential candidate: “I do not want to listen to any calls. I’m not listening to [Boris] Nemtsov calls who was killed and his calls was also there, so no, I won't discuss my private calls which were illegally taped by FSB as I was not listening and never would listen to Nemtsov calls that were also distributed through all the Internet. I think it’s something that people don’t do, it’s unethical. And my mother…

SOT, Reporter: it's unethical given what was on that call?..."

SOT, Ksenia Sobchak, Russian presidential candidate: “Yes, it’s unethical because it’s my private. I can say in my home whatever I think is right and in my letters, private letters, I can write whatever I think is right. And my mother said to me that I should never read someone’s SMS, someone’s letters and discuss some phone calls that were taped.

SOT, Reporter: "Did your mother tell you that you should be niceer to people when you talk on the phone? Did she?"

SOT, Ksenia Sobchak, Russian presidential candidate: “So I was never doing this and my advice to you, my advice to you, be ethical enough not to read some other private letters, you know? So let’s discuss something else.”

Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak lashed out at a reporter during an interview in Moscow on Tuesday, when she was asked about a phone call she allegedly had with her neighbours in 2013, which was leaked on the Internet.

During the call, the woman who is believed to be Sobchak appears to complain about noise caused by building works and a noise restriction intended to allow children in the building to nap during the day. She allegedly said, “if you plan to have some sort of ‘quiet hours’ for these little bastards, I will be having rave parties at exactly this time.”

When asked about the call on Tuesday, Sobchak said “I will not discuss my private calls which were illegally taped by FSB as I was not listening and never would listen to [Boris] Nemtsov calls that were also distributed through all the internet. I think it’s something that people don’t do, it’s unethical.”

“If you would show this on your TV, I would write it on Roskomnadzor [Russian state mass media watchdog] and they would close it because it’s unlawful,” she added.

On October 18, 2017, Sobchak announced her candidacy for the Russian presidential elections, which are due to take place on March 18, 2018.

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