According to Reuters, Katerina Tikhonova (left) is Putin’s youngest daughter and she is married to Kirill Shamalov (right), the son of a shareholder in Bank Rossia.
November 11, 2015
Kremlin supporters and opponents are bickering online following Reuters’ publication of an extensive investigation into the lives and fortunes of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two daughters.
The news agency confirmed longstanding rumors that his youngest daughter goes by the name of Katerina Tikhonova, and detailed her involvement with Moscow State University (MGU) after an extensive search of public records. According to the documents, she signed contracts worth about $2.8 million with state-owned organizations so that the institutions she manages could carry out work at the university. The projects are aimed at enlarging and improving the Moscow State University campus.
According to Reuters, Tikhonova has also identified herself as a “spouse” of Kirill Shamalov, the son of Nikolai Shamalov, who is a shareholder in Bank Rossia. The company is often described as the “personal bank of the Russian elite.”
The young couple is believed to have corporate holdings worth about $2 billion, Reuters reported.
In addition to two anonymous sources, Reuters cited Andrey Akimov, deputy chairman of Russian lender Gazprombank, as confirming to the news organization that Tikhonova was, in fact, Putin’s daughter.
Akimov is one of the investors in the projects headed by Tikhonova at the university. “I knew it was Putin’s daughter. But of course we took the decision to support [MGU’s] projects irrespective of any family connections,” he told Reuters.
The day the investigation was published, Gazprombank denied that Akimov made any statements regarding Tikhonova’s relationship to Putin.
“Akimov … was surprised and bewildered when he read the report by the Reuters news agency in which he is credited with the statement that … Ms. Tikhonova, is supposedly the daughter of the President of the Russian Federation,” the November 10 statement read. “It is not so.”