Putin opponent calls for Russian Women's March

A candidate running against Russian President Vladimir Putin says that she hopes Russia's women will break the traditionally conservative views about them and hold a national Women's March similar to those held in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world.

Ksenia Sobchak, a Russian TV personality and 36-year-old journalist, told BuzzFeed's "AM to DM" show on Friday that many Russians still believe it is "unacceptable" for a woman like her to pursue national politics.

"In Russia, unfortunately, we have a conservative kind of thinking about women, and for many, it's totally unacceptable that a woman can be a politician and can run for [the] presidency," Sobchak said. "I have a dream. I want one day to see a big women's march as it was here in America."


Thousands of women in hundreds of cities around the world marched in January for the second annual Women's March, which took place on the anniversary of President Trump's inauguration.

The marches were largely critical of Trump, with demonstrators in multiple cities heard yelling anti-Trump slogans while marching.

Sobchak, who is one of two top opponents to Putin running in Russia's March elections, said that his tendency to "underestimate" her will create an advantage.

"He underestimates me, and that's good for authoritarian rule because that gives me an option to come legitimate to Russian politics, to create a party, to do something that will really change the situation," Sobchak said.

Still, Sobchak is not optimistic about her chances, likening Russia's election system to a "casino" run by Putin in a recent interview with NPR.

"No, I think I don't have any chances to win, because these elections, to my mind, are a kind of fake elections. They are not real. You can't win in a casino — the casino always wins. In the same way, Putin always wins," she said.

Putin won election in 2012 with 63 percent of the vote, which secured him a record third term as Russia's president after previously serving in the same position from 2000 to 2008.