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Putin 'pal gal' flees motherland

- Yaron Steinbuch with Post Wires

Vladimir Putin’s rumored goddaughte­r — dubbed the “Russian Paris Hilton” — fled Russia shortly before police raided her mansion in connection with an extortion case.

Ksenia Sobchak (left and circled), 40, who first gained fame as a glamorous reality TV star and ran against Putin in the 2018 presidenti­al election, fled to Lithuania, according to Vilnius officials cited by Agence France-Presse.

An official at Lithuania’s state border service told AFP on condition of anonymity that she had arrived on an Israeli passport.

Russian news outlets reported earlier that Sobchak was a suspect in an extortion case. Investigat­ors said the search of her home in a swanky Moscow suburb was part of a probe into alleged wrongdoing by her media director, Kirill Sukhanov, who was slapped with extortion charges.

On Tuesday, Sobchak dismissed the allegation­s against Sukhanov as “ravings and nonsense” and described his arrest as part of the efforts to block independen­t media.

Attention Media runs several social media projects, including Sobchak’s YouTube channel, which has over 3 million subscriber­s, according to AFP.

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