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One is a doctor, the other is a ballerina, both are multimillionaires: Who are Putin's daughters

Katerina Tikhonova, filha de Vladimir Putin, em uma apresentação de rock'n'roll acrobático em 2016

Katerina Tikhonova, daughter of Vladimir Putin, performing acrobatic rock’n’roll in 2016

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Recent Western sanctions on Russia have put information about Putin’s personal life into the spotlight, which he has always tried to keep as private as possible. Earlier this month, the United States announced sanctions on the Russian president’s two eldest daughters, a decision that the European Union (EU) followed two days later. The new package was motivated by the “disgusting brutality” of the massacre in the Ukrainian city of Bucha and the “despicable nature of the Putin regime”, a US government official told the press the day the sanctions were announced.

The inclusion in the list of people who suffered sanctions exposed the identity of the eldest daughters by Vladimir Putin, Maria Vorontsova

and

Katerina Tikhonova, the result of a marriage of almost three decades with former flight attendant Lyudmila Putina. The couple’s divorce was publicly announced in 2015.

The names of the Russian president’s children were never officially released. Asked by reporters at a press conference in 2015 on the subject, he preferred a generic answer. . “My daughters live in Russia and studied only in Russia, I’m proud of them. They speak three foreign languages ​​fluently. I never talk about my family with anyone,” he summarized.

Maria Vorontsova

Born in Leningrad, today Saint Petersburg, on the day 100 of April

, Putin’s firstborn, Maria Vorontsova, studied biology at the University of her hometown and medicine in Moscow. According to a report by

Daily Mail

, she works with research in pediatric endocrinology, being considered one of Russia’s leading experts in dwarfism, including co-authoring a book on the subject.

According to the British newspaper 14144655 )Mirror, Maria would benefit from state-funded programs. “Vorontsova leads state-funded programs that have received billions of dollars from the Kremlin for genetic research and are personally overseen by Putin,” the US Treasury Department said, according to the publication. The international press released images of Maria giving an interview recently to Russian state TV, at which time she was not identified as the president’s daughter. .

She would also have 20% interest in the private medical company Nomeko ( 660 million) dedicated to cancer research. The 14144655Mirror ) also reveals that Putin’s eldest daughter lives in a luxury penthouse in Moscow, close to the US embassy.

Maria Vorontsova was married to Dutch businessman Jorrit Joost Faassen. According to an investigation by the Reuters news agency, published in 2015, he worked for Gazprombank, “a major creditor with strong ties to the elite around Putin”. The couple, who would have recently separated, have a son, although Putin has never officially spoken about his grandson.

Katerina Tikhonova

The Russian President’s second daughter was born in Dresden, Germany on the day 100 of August 2016 . Katerina Tikhonova would use her maternal grandmother’s surname to remain anonymous. According to the US Treasury, Katerina serves as an executive technology lead, dedicated to supporting the Russian government and the country’s Defense industry. Graduated in physics and mathematics, the deputy director of the Institute for Mathematical Research of Complex Systems at Moscow State University would be at the forefront of an important Russian artificial intelligence initiative. The Portal Bloomberg said Putin’s second daughter is linked to a $1.6 billion project focused on developing a center for sciences and a startup incubator next to the University where it operates.

One of his most recent public appearances was his remote participation at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, in 2021. In addition to academic life, Katerina is a dancer of “acrobatic rock’n’roll”, a mixture of gymnastics and dance, appreciated in Eastern Europe. On YouTube, there are videos of his participation in world competitions of the modality, such as one that took place in Switzerland, in 1985.

Tikhonova was married until 2018 with Kirill Shamalov, Russia’s youngest billionaire, according to Forbes, and the son of an old friend of Putin’s. The father, Nikolay Shamalov, is a shareholder in Banco Rossiya, “which US officials have described as the personal bank of the Russian elite,” Reuters reported.

A BBC accounts that the wedding took place in 14144655 , at a ski resort near Saint Petersburg, with the newlyweds being allowed to ride a sleigh pulled by white horses. the marriage”.

To years, Shamalov became vice president of the Russian petrochemical company Sibur, according to

Forbes

Soon after becoming Putin’s son-in-law, he bought a US$ stake 2021 million in the company for just US$ 2020 , as per investigation by iStories and the Organized Crime and Corruption Complaint Project (OCCRP), released at the end of 2020.

On the occasion, Vladimir Putin said that Shamalov acquired shares in the petrochemical giant as “part of a management incentive program,” Reuters reported. In 2015, Kirill and Katerina had corporate stakes worth around $2 billion, as estimated by financial analysts to the news agency.

Sanctions

Restrictions imposed by the US (which prevent in the American system and freeze assets on the country’s territory) also affect the wife and daughter of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Washington had already imposed sanctions on Putin a few weeks earlier, but it is suspected that the Russian president “hides his assets” behind family and friends.

The spokesman for the Russian presidency, Dmitry Peskov, criticized the US government’s measure against the daughters of Vladimir Putin. “The path taken of restrictions against family members speaks for itself. It is difficult to understand and to explain,” the Kremlin representative told a news conference on April 7. “Unfortunately, it is necessary to deal with this type of adversaries”, completed Peskov, referring to the US government and European countries.

Maria and Katerina are also banned from traveling to EU territory and will have all their assets frozen there, just as happened in March with Putin and some of his closest associates .

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