Since the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, international rumors about the health of Russian President Vladimir Putin have not ceased. During the last 100 days of the war, there have been not only more than half a dozen different diagnoses, but even the claim that Vladimir Putin died years ago and was replaced by a double at the head of the Russian state.
According to the latest information, which was said to have come from well-informed intelligence circles, Putin underwent cancer treatment in April, which was said to have improved his health.
Once better kept a secret
In addition to Vladimir Putin’s health, only one topic has been the subject of similar intense speculation for two decades, about which little concrete information was known, until recently, but there were countless rumors – Vladimir Putin’s family and love life .
After Western countries began to impose sanctions on people close to the Russian president, the ban on the secrecy surrounding the private life of Vladimir Putin, which had seemed impenetrable for many years, was broken.
On April 12, 2008, the Russian weekly Moskovsky Korrespondent, founded by Alexander Lebedev, a former KGB agent, successful businessman and one of the 40 richest Russians according to Forbes, a sister project of the anti-government Novaya Gazeta, in September 2007 published an investigative report on Putin’s divorce from his wife Lyudmila Putina and Putin’s new love interest, a 24-year-old rhythmic gymnast, European, world and Olympic champion and member of the United Russia Kremlin party, Alina Kabaeva.
A few days later, the Russian internal intelligence service, the FSB, visited the editorial office of Moskovsky Korrespondent, and within a week the weekly was closed. Attempts to revive the project through a change at the top of the editorial staff eventually did not achieve the desired result and culminated in the newspaper’s final conclusion in just two months.
Ironically, the amicable separation of the Putin couple was only announced in June 2013, a few weeks before the thirtieth anniversary of their marriage. According to official logic, Lyudmila Putina was dissatisfied with the general lifestyle associated with the position of her husband. The divorce was publicly confirmed only in April 2014, a full six years after the investigative report by Moskovsky Korispensent.
From marriage with Lyudmila Putina two daughters appeared: Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova. Much more than just the fact of their existence and even their nicknames were not known to the public for many years. Except for unimportant and generalized information – such as an interest in languages and dancing sports – Vladimir Putin has never revealed any details about his daughters’ lives. By the way, the President of Russia has never officially confirmed that Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova are his daughters from the first marriage.
In December 2019, when asked by BBC journalist Farida Rustamova, Vladimir Putin described Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova as “these women”. In an intense interview with American director Oliver Stone in 2017, Vladimir Putin announced that he had become his grandfather.
Personal life of Putin’s daughters
Maria Vorontsova, the eldest of Vladimir Putin’s two daughters, is a pediatric endocrinologist, member of the Supervisory Board and co-owner of 20 percent of Russia’s Nomeko AG. Just a few months after it was founded in January 2019, Nomiko was awarded a lucrative government contract to set up Russia’s largest cancer research center, according to the BBC.
Maria Vorontsova married a Dutch banker and lived in the Netherlands for several years. In 2015, the couple moved to Moscow. Perhaps the main reason for the move was the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was mostly Dutch passengers by pro-Russian separatists over eastern Ukraine in 2014.
In a well-researched New York Times article titled “Vladimir Putin, the Family Man,” Jason Horowitz pursues with impressive force a barely visible introduction from a few known breadcrumbs about the private lives of Putin’s daughters.
In April 2022, Putin’s daughters were placed under Western sanctions
Vladimir Putin’s youngest daughter, Katerina Tikhonova, whose maternal grandmother is surnamed, is the deputy head of the Institute for the Mathematical Study of Complex Systems at Moscow Lomonosov State University (MGU) and is responsible for the Innopraktika Institute of Technology, which is affiliated with it. With MGU, including the Artificial Intelligence Research Center.
The Artificial Intelligence Center as part of the so-called National Projects of Russia maintains cooperation with the state energy company Rosneft and the Russian defense industry. The publicly funded science fund led by Tikhonova co-developed and financed one of the three Russian coronavirus vaccines, Sputnik V. From 2013 to 2018, Katerina Tikhonova was married to Kirill Shalamov, the son of her father’s close friend Nikolai Shalamov, co-owner of the Bank of Russia, who is considered The private bank of Kremlin officials.
In April 2022, Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova were placed under Western sanctions. Through these measures, all of their assets will be frozen and the two women will be denied access to the US and European financial systems. The actual impact of the sanctions on the lives of Vladimir Putin’s daughters is likely to be very limited.
Alina Kabaeva: Secret First Lady
Even if it seemed like this for a long time, the beloved of Vladimir Putin Alina Kabaeva, chairwoman of the Russian media company National Media Group and mother of up to four more children of the Russian president, was not spared from sanctions in the end. In mid-May, the British government placed the former rival player on the sanctions list.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss commented on this decision in sharp terms: “We are exposing and fighting the dirty web around Putin’s luxurious lifestyle and tightening the binding around his inner circle.” However, it is clear that the permanent whereabouts of Alina Kabaeva is known. The Swiss authorities have not confirmed your alleged stay in Swiss Ticino.
The number of children Vladimir Putin had is still unknown. Malicious tongues claim that only Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, could have brought more illegitimate children into the world. In any case, it is said that Vladimir Putin has at least one more daughter – Elizaveta Kryonogich. According to the Russian investigative magazine Projekt Media, Svetlana Krivonozhich has been a longtime fan of the Russian president.
This union not only produced another daughter for Vladimir Putin, but also proved very profitable for Svetlana. Krivonogich has a picture-perfect career, going from a simple cleaner to a real estate baroness in just a few years, is a board member of Nikolai Shlamov’s private bank of high-ranking Kremlin officials, the Bank of Russia, and a major shareholder in the Igora ski resort. Currently, Kriwonogich likely lives in Monaco with her daughter most of the year. So far, my two names have not been found on any Western sanctions list.
Quite a few observers believe that targeted sanctions against Putin’s family and close friends are trying to send a symbolic message that the Russian president has crossed the line with his military aggression against Ukraine and that Vladimir Putin’s private life is no longer taboo and targeted. be targeted. It is doubtful that this will also lead to a change in the behavior of the Russian president.
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