Vladimir Putin’s daughters sanctioned by US: All about them

The United States recently imposed sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s daughters — Maria and Katerina. Here’s all we know about them.

The United States imposed sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s daughters. But there is little information about the Putin family. Here is all that we know about the elusive sisters — Maria and Katerina — who are allegedly hiding Putin’s wealth.

The two women — Maria Vladimirovna Vorontsova and Katerina Vladimirovna Tikhonova — are in their mid-thirties. Both are daughters of Putin’s first wife, Lyudmila Putina.

Maria Vladimirovna Vorontsova (36), the elder sister, is a paediatric endocrinologist. She studied biology at St Petersburg University and medicine at Moscow State University, according to a Reuters investigation. She is involved in genetics research, which Putin has in the past described as a field that will “determine the future of the whole world”.

Maria is the co-owner of Nomenko, a multi-million dollar medical firm. She specialises in rare diseases in children. She married Dutch businessman Joost Faassen but the current status of this relationship is unknown.

Katerina Vladimirovna Tikhonova is a 35-year-old tech executive. She used to be an acrobatic dancer and participated in several contests. Her net worth is reported to be USD 2 billion. In 2020, she was appointed to run an artificial intelligence institute at Moscow State University.

Her work supports the Russian defence industry and she currently heads Inno Practica, the development initiative funded by oligarchs in Putin’s inner circle.

A Reuters investigation in 2015 revealed that Katerina is married to Kirill Shamalov, son of Nikolai Shamalov, a long-time friend of President Putin. The report said Shamalov senior is a shareholder in Bank Rossiya, which US officials have described as the personal bank of the Russian elite.

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