The talented daughters of secretive Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed
Though the 69-year-old is known to have two daughters, there are also widespread rumours that he has at least one other child
A rock ‘n roll dancing scientist and a doctor who has become one of her country’s top experts on dwarfism have been revealed as two of the daughters of secretive Russian President Vladimir Putin.
With the world’s attention focused on the actions of the man who launched the ongoing war in Ukraine, interest in his private life has soared.
Last week a $1.3 billion mansion by the Black Sea was unveiled as the home of the dictator who loathes any speculation or revelations into his life off the world stage.
Even though the 69-year-old is known to share two daughters, born in the 80s, with his ex-wife of 30 years, there are also widespread rumours that he has at least one other child.
He is also said to have fathered another child with a former cleaner-turned-multimillionaire who is part-owner of a Russian bank.
"I have a private life in which I do not permit interference. It must be respected,” Putin has previously declared while dismissing those “who, with their snotty noses and erotic fantasies prowl into others' lives".
Putin’s shares his first daughter Maria with his ex-wife Lyudmila Putina, born Lyudmila Shkrebneva, who he met in the early 1980s at the then Leningrad State University.
The couple who married in July 1983, separated in 2013 after 30 years of marriage.
Now 36, Maria - born Maria Vladimirovna Putina, also known as Maria Vorontsova - was born in April 1985 and is named after Putin's mother, Maria Ivanovna Shelomova.
She entered medical school in Moscow, and has since become a paediatric endocrinologist and one of Russia's top experts on dwarfism.
She recently appeared on Russian state TV to discuss her research on genetic testing and efforts to combat rare genetic diseases in children.
She is married to Dutch businessman Jorrit Faassen with whom she has a child - making the Russian President a grandfather.
Katerina Tikhonova, born Yekaterina Vladimirovna Putina in August 1986 is the second child of the Russian President and the younger sister of Maria.
She dropped the surname Putina, to take on the surname of her maternal grandmother, Yekaterina Tikhonovna Shkrebneva before attending the same schools in East Germany and Moscow as her sister.
Although the 35-year-old is now a director for the Institute for Mathematical Research of Complex Systems at Moscow State University and also studied at St Petersburg State University, Katerina played a key role in the development of acrobatic rock 'n roll dancing.
Katerina was previously married to Kirill Shamalov - part-owner of SIBUR Holding, a Russian petrochemicals company - and son of the co-owner of one of Russia's largest banks.
The couple divorced in 2018, when it was revealed that they shared assets of around $2 billion.
Another 18-year-old girl, Luiza Rozova, the daughter of cleaner-turned-multimillionaire Svetlana Krivonogikh (45) one of the country's wealthiest women is believed to be Putin’s third child, although this has never formally been acknowledged by the Russian President.
The Russian leader is thought to have had an affair with Krivonogikh, and Rozova herself has admitted in previous interviews that she "probably looks similar" to a young Putin.
Krivonogikh has never commented on claims that her daughter was fathered by the Kremlin leader.
Putin is also suspected of an alleged relationship with Alina Kabaeva - a Russian Olympic gymnast who was once dubbed “Russia's most flexible woman”.
Kabaeva who is one of the most decorated gymnasts in rhythmic gymnastic history, with various Olympic and European Championship medals to her name is alleged to have been behind the breakup of Putin's marriage to Lyudmila.
Alina has long been associated with Putin and have been pictured at various events together, while Kabaeva has previously referred to a mystery man who she said she “loves very much”.
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