By David Baker
PUBLISHED: 14:27 EST, 18 March 2012 | UPDATED: 07:15 EST, 19 March 2012
Vladamir Putin’s glamorous goddaughter, widely seen as Russia’s answer to Paris Hilton, has become the target of a Kremlin smear campaign for joining an anti-government movement.
Socialite Ksenia Sobchak has now even been accused of attacking two reporters from a tabloid website at her luxurious Moscow restaurant.
The website – Life News – which is said to have links with the Russian authorities, has filed a complaint with the police claiming that a drunken Sobchak assaulted their two reporters and held them hostage.
The 30-year-old was having dinner with a group of friends, including two prominent critics of Putin when security staff caught the reporters secretly filming them.
The glamour girl turned social commentator, confiscated the camera’s memory card and had the two reporters ejected.
The following day Gennady Onishchenko, Russia’s most senior State Sanitation official, is reported to have said that Sobchak’s restaurant should be investigated as her guests had violated health laws by leaving through the kitchen.
Protests: Ksenia Sobchak attended a protest rally called The White Ring in Moscow last month against Vladimir Putin’s return as president
Sobchak has close links with the Russian leader as her father Anatoly was the Mayor of St. Petersburg in the 1990s and was once Putin’s boss and mentor.
She has now hit back with a spoof internet video in which she is seen brandishing an armchair as someone pretending to be a reporter films her.
According to the Sunday Times she said: ‘The whole thing is a lie. I wasn’t violent. I am teetotal. I didn’t assault anyone.
‘All I did was confiscate what they had shot, as they were filming and recording a private conversation without permission.
‘A new perestroika’: Russian opposition activist Ksenia Sobchak speaks to Anti-Putin protesters in a rally last week
‘I think this is the beginning of a smear campaign. I have tried to meet Putin to explain to him face to face where I stand, but so far it hasn’t been possible.’
Sobchak infuriated her godfather last December when she began attending mass demonstrations against the government of his party United Russia.
Her internet blog and twitter campaign has over 300,000 followers and she has become a regular fixture at rallies.
Spat: Former friends and renowned socialites Ksenia Sobchak and Tina Kandelaki (pictured) have fallen out over their political allegiances
Her mother, a senator loyal to Putin, was reduced to tears after she addressed a crowd of over 100,000 anti-Putin demonstrators
She also had a falling out with her former friend and fellow socialite Tina Kandelaki whose support for Putin’s party she described as ‘tantamount to prostitution’.
The pair famously kissed on national television causing a huge public furore.
Putin, who has ruled Russia since 2000, was re-elected as President winning nearly 64 per cent of the vote at the election earlier this month.
However the opposition insist it was rigged.
Sobchak who worked as an independent observer during the election filed an official complaint after proving that a girl had been promised £100 if she repeatedly cast a vote for Putin.
She added to the Sunday TImes: ‘Society is changing and I want to make my contribution.
‘People such as me, who have done well under Putin, now look around and realise that the air is stifling.
‘This is not a passing fad. We are seeing a new perestroika.’