She appeared in a story about the Innopraktika Development Institute, which she heads. In the interview to the state channel itself, however, the topic of her alleged relationship with Putin is not touched upon. Tikhonova talks about one of the projects.
The fact that Tikhonova is the youngest daughter of the president was reported by Reuters. As the daughter of President Tikhonova, she is also mentioned in the documents of the US Treasury Department on the introduction of new sanctions against Putin’s inner circle. However, the President, in response to the question of whether Katerina Tikhonova is his daughter, did not confirm or deny this, citing security concerns.
Previously, the only video with her participation was footage from acrobatic rock and roll competitions. In 2015, Tikhonova gave her first big interview to Interfax, but without a photograph or mention of any family ties.
How many daughters does Vladimir Putin have?
Information about the family of the President of the Russian Federation is covered with a veil of secrecy. The fact that Tikhonova is his youngest daughter was first told in early 2015 by journalist Oleg Kashin. An anonymous Reuters source in the academic council of Moscow State University, where Tikhonova is also a member, confirmed this information. Her kinship with Putin was also confirmed by Tikhonova’s colleague in the Acrobatic Rock and Roll Confederation, Manfred Mohab, but later denied his words.
Putin himself avoided answering a question about his daughter during a big press conference in December 2017.
“I never discuss issues related to my family. They don’t do business and don’t do politics,” he said.
Putin spoke about the same in an interview with American director Oliver Stone, adding that his daughters (he has an older daughter, Maria) are engaged only in “science and education.”
In 2016, Putin spoke briefly about his children in an interview with Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwaite. The President said that they are engaged in “science, and some other activities that are very noble and necessary for people. They feel in demand, they enjoy their work, and that makes me very happy.”
Officially, the Kremlin has never confirmed that Katerina Tikhonova is Putin’s daughter. However, a lot of circumstantial evidence has accumulated in favor of this conjecture. So, in 2015, the chairman of the board of Gazprombank, Andrey Akimov, said that he had met Katerina when she was still small, and that she was indeed the daughter of the Russian president.
In 2016, the head of VTB, Andrey Kostin, mentioned Putin’s daughter, without naming her, in a comment to Bloomberg about the scandalous “Panama Dossier” and Putin’s alleged connections with offshore companies. In particular, he noted that there is nothing surprising in the fact that the daughter of the President of the Russian Federation celebrated her wedding at the “inexpensive” ski resort “Igora”.
What is known about Ekaterina Tikhonova?
It is known from publicly available sources that Katerina Tikhonova was born on August 31, 1986 in the GDR, where her father served at that time. Now she is the head of the Innopraktika project at Moscow State University. As part of this project, she signed contracts with several large government organizations worth several million dollars, according to Reuters.
In October 2016, Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation said that in 2015-2016, Innopraktika won several state contracts at once for a total of 452 million rubles. Money to fund, in particular, was allocated with the state power companies “Rosneft”, “Rosatom” and “Transneft”. In addition to money from government contracts, Innopraktika received another 425 million rubles as “targeted contributions”. The origin of this money, as well as on what projects they were spent, FBK failed to find out.
The journalists also managed to find out that Katerina Tikhonova was professionally engaged in acrobatic rock and roll. Footage from one of her performances has been the only video of Katerina Tikhonova to date. In 2015, she gave a long interview to the Interfax agency, but it was not accompanied by at least one photo of Putin’s alleged daughter.