By Steve Dellar  |  03-02-2018   News
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Russia goes to the polls on Sunday 18 March and although no one has the slightest doubt that Putin will win, Russian state TV decided to hold an election debate (albeit without the main attraction, Mr. Putin himself).

There was plenty of commotion to go round though, as Ms. Ksenia Sobchak (who we here at thegoldwater.com have introduced you in our earlier coverage) faced off with ultra-Russian-nationalist Mr. Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

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The old man clearly is not used to a younger woman talking back to him and starts insulting her, referring to her as a celebrity only there because she starred on some reality TV shows. Ms. Sobchak is not impressed and throws water into his face.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Kremlin “wanted candidates who would increase interest in the elections, but wouldn’t be a threat to Putin” argues Ksenia Sobchak’s campaign adviser Marina Litvinovich <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/newsnight?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#newsnight</a> <a href="https://t.co/TGRDtnBOHs">pic.twitter.com/TGRDtnBOHs</a></p>&mdash; BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCNewsnight/status/968980787910578176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 28, 2018</a></blockquote>

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At this point, Mr. Zhirinovsky explodes into a fit of rage where Russian insults are traded.

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He then continues by calling her the Russian equivalent of a c**t live on air.

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Social commentators in Russia said it all made for a good show, but still think nothing will change and Putin will win in a landslide.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“I’m taking part in the elections not to win, I have no illusions about that, I’m taking part to be heard” - Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/newsnight?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#newsnight</a> <a href="https://t.co/K2N1LZrba3">pic.twitter.com/K2N1LZrba3</a></p>&mdash; BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCNewsnight/status/968978593463390209?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 28, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Source:

https://twitter.com/BBCNewsnight/status/968978593463390209

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