(LONDON) — Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke has found herself in the middle of a political campaign for mayor — in Russia. Without her knowledge or permission, Clarke’s picture was used in ads touting how politician Yakov Silin has kept the streets in the industrial city of Yekaterinburg safe.
In the print ad cited by the Daily Mail, Clarke — allegedly a 24-year-old woman called “Anya” — says, “I now have confidence that the city is safe, that no one will attack me or rape me…It’s so cool.”
The ad continues, “There are only few people on the streets, the streets have lights, the city is fresh and incredibly beautiful. Especially after it has been raining.”
However, Silin’s opponents recognized the actress and immediately called foul, flaming a campaign site with comments like, “If you invent Anya, don’t be so lazy and dig deeper in [search engines] for some unknown actresses.”
Supporters of the 54-year-old politician didn’t deny the find, saying, “We don’t claim that we have her support, even though we would not be ashamed to show her Yekaterinburg after implementation of [Silin’s] ‘Capital’ programme.'”
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Ivana Kottasova, CNN
Sugam Pokharel and AJ Willingham, CNN