An investigative report has revealed that Katerina Tikhonova, the daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has a new boyfriend in Munich with whom she shares a two-year-old daughter
Vladimir Putin’s daughter is dating a new man, and his name is sure to make the Russian president red-faced.
Katerina Tikhonova, 35, is the youngest of Putin’s two daughters from his marriage to ex-wife Lyudmila Putina.
Tikhonova is said to have once been an acrobatic rock ‘n’ roll dancer and is now reportedly deputy director of the Institute for Mathematical Research of Complex Systems at Moscow State University.
She was previously married to Kirill Shamalov, Russia’s youngest billionaire aged just 40, but the couple split in 2017.
It was around this time that she began dating a leading professional ballet dancer and director named Igor Zelensky.
Embarrassingly for Putin, the 52-year-old potential son-in-law shares his last name with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (or Zelenskyy), his bitter rival since Russia launched its “military special operation” in Ukraine in February.
The fact that Tikhonova and dancer Zelensky were a couple was revealed after an investigation by the independent Russian news agency IStories and German Spiegel.
It was also revealed that the couple has a two-year-old daughter.
The invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent Western sanctions against Russian nationals actually prevented Tikhonova from visiting her partner in Munich.
Apparently, they lived together in Germany until that year, as the iStories report states: “For two years, from 2017 to 2019, the little girl’s mother had to fly this route – from Moscow to Munich and back – many dozens of times.
“She lived in Russia and her daughter’s father lived in Germany, where he directed the Bavarian State Ballet. His name is Igor Zelensky.”
The investigation revealed flight documents to “Tikhonova, Zelensky, a child, nanny, [and] Security personnel”. It was established that in two years Tikhonova flew to Munich more than 50 times.
This is particularly notable given that Putin has previously criticized Russian nations for choosing to live in the West.
The report continues: “By the end of 2019, Katerina Tikhonova seemed to have had enough of constantly flying to Munich and decided to move in with her partner.
“At least that is what emerges from one of the letters in the archives of the guard from Putin’s daughter Alexei Skripchak.”
Zelenskyy is not believed to be related to the Ukrainian President of the same name.
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The Russian with Georgian roots left the Bavarian State Ballet last month, allegedly because he refused to condemn the invasion by his girlfriend’s father.
A source for Der Spiegel at the Bavarian Ballet confirmed that he is “most likely the partner of Putin’s daughter” without being asked the question.