Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke at centre of Russian political drama
Emilia Clarke plays Daenerys Tragaryen in Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has found herself at the centre of a Russian political drama after a mayoral hopeful in Yekaterinburg used her image as part of his campaign.
Yakov Silin claimed the actress was a 24-year-old local woman, called Anya, who was happy with the levels of security in the city.
His campaign literature quoted "Anya" as saying she enjoyed nighttime walks because she was "confident that nobody" would "harrass" or "rape" her.
Russian Game of Thrones fans quickly turned on Silin after they realised the photo his campaign leaders were using was that of Clarke.
But Silin's supporters claim the photo was chosen to represent the strength of local women.
Referring to her character on the show, a spokesman for the mayoral hopeful said: "We assure you that Daenerys Targaryen is just a beautiful woman here. We don't aspire to her support, but we wouldn't be ashamed to show her around Yekaterinburg."