Vladimir Putin reportedly has a secret granddaughter fathered by a ballet star with an unfortunate last name — one he shares with the Russian leader’s nemesis, Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
According to a joint investigation by Important Stories and German newspaper Der Spiegel, Putin’s youngest confirmed daughter, Katerina Tikhonova, has been secretly dating former Bavarian State Ballet director Igor Zelensky for years.
Flight records show they regularly traveled with a young girl who was 2 at the end of 2019 and is now 4 or 5 – and whose name matches the alleged father Zelensky, the inquest says.
Tikhonova, 35, split from her first husband no later than 2017 — the same year she flew to Munich regularly, sometimes several times a month, outlets said.
Flight records show she has traveled to the German city at least 50 times in the last two years – and appears to have even made a permanent move there, according to the investigation in late 2019.
Such a move adds further humiliation to Putin, whom the probe dubbed the “grandfather of Zelensky’s daughter.”
Weeks after invading Ukraine, Putin had called Western-leaning Russian citizens “not with Russia” and even “national traitors,” the media noted.
A month later, Russian-born Zelensky, 52 – a former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet – announced his sudden departure from the Bavarian Ballet, a post he would keep until 2026.
He blamed “personal, family matters” that “require my full attention and time, which is incompatible with my work as a ballet director in Munich”.
“Now my family needs my support,” he said, according to outlets.
However, the Bavarian State Opera’s executive director, Serge Dorny, was tricked into talking to pranksters pretending to be Ukrainian officials – and telling them that Zelenskyi was pushed out for refusing to publicly endorse Russia’s war against its neighbor judged.
“We spoke with him [Zelensky] several times, and I got him to conclude that he should leave the opera,” Dorny said, according to outlets.
“He didn’t make this decision alone. We spoke to him and I led him to this conclusion.”
It is unclear where the alleged couple and their young daughter live now, the investigation said. There was no indication that Zelenskyy had any connections with the Ukrainian leader of the same surname.
Zelensky’s ex-wife, former Mariinsky dancer Yana Serebriakova, refused to speak to Spiegel reporters at the address where her ex was still registered in Munich, the outlet said.
Tikhonova and Zelensky also did not respond to messages, the report said.
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