Meet Putin’s daughters who are facing US sanctions over the Ukraine war

The two daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin are among those sanctioned in the latest round of US and European economic sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Wednesday.

The daughters, identified in reports earlier this week as Maria Putina and Katerina Tikhonova, are part of a group of Russian individuals and organizations facing sanctions as Western nations continue their economic crackdown on the Kremlin and its closest allies. The European Union issued similar sanctions against the daughters.

“These people have enriched themselves at the expense of the Russian people,” it says This was announced by the White House in a press release. “Some of them are responsible for providing the necessary support to underpin Putin’s war against Ukraine. This action cuts them off from the US financial system and freezes all assets they hold in the United States.”

Putin has rarely acknowledged the two daughters, believed to be the children of the Russian leader and his ex-wife Lyudmila Putin, a former flight attendant. The couple were married for almost 30 years before divorcing in 2013.

Maria Vorontsova
Maria Vorontsova is the elder of Vladimir Putin’s two adult children.
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Although little is known about the daughters, Putin revealed in 2015 that both women attended college in Russia and speak multiple languages Bloomberg.

Tikhonova is a former competitive dancer who now leads an artificial intelligence initiative at Moscow State University. Meanwhile, Putina, who uses the surname Vorontsova, is a medical researcher and co-owner of Nomenko, a healthcare investment firm.

Maria is Putin’s elder daughter and was born in 1985, according to the Kremlin’s website. Katerina was born in 1986.

Katerina Tikhonova
Katerina Tikhonova is a former competitive dancer.

“Talking about where exactly my daughters work and what they do — I’ve never done that and I won’t do it now for many reasons, including security issues,” Putin said at a press conference in 2015 Wall Street Journal.

“They just live their lives and do it with dignity,” he added.

It is widely rumored that Putin has other children, although their identities have never been confirmed. The White House said the sanctions affect Putin’s “grown children.”

Other prominent Russians included in the latest round of sanctions included the wife and daughter of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, former Russian President and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and current Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

Wladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin rarely speaks publicly about his daughters.
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The sanctions also targeted the major financial institution Sberbank and Russia’s largest private bank, Alfa-Bank.

As The Post reported, in rounds of sanctions, Western officials have increasingly targeted the relatives of prominent Russians, slapping penalties on Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov, his wife and children.

The White House said the US and its allies had “imposed the most effective, coordinated and sweeping economic restraints in history.”

“Russia is very likely to lose its status as a major economy and continue a long descent into economic, financial and technological isolation,” the Biden administration added. Meet Putin’s daughters who are facing US sanctions over the Ukraine war


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