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Russian President Vladimir and his now ex-wife Lyudmila Shkrebneva.Sergei Ponomarev/AP

The international community has focused on Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The 69-year-old leader fought hard to keep the media and the world from knowing much about his personal life. But five weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, the EU and US have raised the prospect of targeting Putin’s children with sanctions, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Putin’s carefully curated macho image – he is often photographed riding a horse, lifting weights and posing shirtless – has colored much of the public’s understanding of him. He has also made a concerted effort to shield his children from the spotlight, prompting many to wonder if he even has children.

Putin has never publicly acknowledged his children, although the media has been speculating and reporting for years about the two daughters Putin had with his ex-wife, and even that a girlfriend might have had another daughter. in 2015.

One, Katerina Tikhonova, appears to be forging a public image for herself and was seen speaking at Russia’s St Petersburg International Economic Forum, the national equivalent of Davos, last year. But as with her previous media appearances, no one has explicitly linked her to Putin.

Here’s what we know about the lives of Putin’s secret children.

Pat Ralph contributed reports to previous versions of this article.

Putin had two daughters from his first marriage to former flight attendant Lyudmila Shkrebneva, to whom he was married for three decades until their divorce in 2013.

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Sources: Vladimir Putin, Reuters, Business Insider

Their daughter’s names are Maria and Katerina. Maria was born in Leningrad in 1985 and Katerina was born in Germany in 1986 when the family lived there while her father was in the KGB.

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Maria and Katerina Poutine, according to their father’s personal archives.Reuters

Sources: Vladimir Putin, Reuters, Newsweek

Both girls are named after their grandmothers. Maria’s nickname is Masha, and Katerina’s nickname is Katya.

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Putin’s father, Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, and his mother, Maria Ivanovna Shelomova.Kremlin

Masha and Katya are common Russian shortenings for Maria and Katerina.

Sources: Vladimir Putin, Reuters, Newsweek

When the family moved to Moscow in 1996, the girls attended a German language school. Children were reportedly pulled out of school when Putin became interim president, and teachers educated them at home.

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Acting President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila applaud during a concert after an award ceremony in Gudermes January 1, 2000.Reuters

Source: Newsweek

“Not all fathers are as loving as he is with their children,” Lyudmila said in a quote on Putin’s government website. “And he always spoiled them, when I had to discipline them.”

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Source: Vladimir Putin

Maria studied biology at university and went to medical school in Moscow, while Katerina majored in Asian studies at university. Both girls attended college under false identities.

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Putin and his wife Lyudmila arrive at the airport in Rostock-Laage, Germany June 6, 2007.Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Sources: Reuters, Newsweek

Maria, now 36, is a medical researcher and lives in Moscow with her Dutch husband, Jorrit Faassen.

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Sources: Reuters, Newsweek, Bloomberg

Maria and Faassen are said to have one child – Putin told filmmaker Oliver Stone in 2017 that he was a grandfather. When Stone asked him if he played with his grandson, Putin replied: “Very rarely, unfortunately.”

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“The Putin Interviews” was a four-part series that premiered on Showtime in May 2017.Show time

Sources: Reuters, The Independent, Bloomberg, Daily Mail

Meanwhile, Katerina would lead a high-flying life, living in lavish apartments and amassing a fortune.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a toast during an award ceremony at the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, December 28, 2017.Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP

Sources: Reuters, The Independent, Bloomberg, Daily Mail

Katerina, now 35, is an accomplished acrobatic dancer and holds a leadership position at her alma mater, Moscow State University, heading a $1.7 billion startup incubator. dollars.

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Katerina Tikhonovna, daughter of Vladimir Putin, dances.Jakub Dabrowski/Reuters

Sources: Reuters, Bloomberg

Katerina married Russian billionaire Kirill Shamalov in 2013. But the couple divorced in 2018 and the divorce case revealed they were worth $2 billion.

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Kirill Shamalov, the former husband of Putin’s daughter KaterinaReuters/Kommersant Photo/Dmitry Dukhanine

Sources: Bloomberg, Reuters, The Guardian

There are no current official photos of the girls. For Katerina, we found the slightly different first names “Katerina”, “Katya” and “Yekaterina”, and the surnames “Putina”, “Tikhonova” and “Shamalov”.

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Katerina Tikhonova (L), daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, dances with Ivan Klimov during the Rock’n’Roll Acrobatic Competition World Cup in Krakow, Poland, April 12, 2014.REUTERS/Jakub Dabrowski

Sources: Reuters, Newsweek

Finally, there are rumors that Putin has a third daughter with his girlfriend and former Russian rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabaeva.

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Putin greets rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabayeva during a meeting with candidates for the Russian Olympic team for the 2004 Summer Olympics at the presidential residence in Novo-Ogaryovo near Moscow March 10, 2004.REUTERS/Pool AS

Source: New York Post

But neither the child nor the relationship with Kabaeva has been confirmed.

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Putin smiles next to Russian gymnast Alina Kabaeva during a meeting with the Russian Olympic team at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, November 4, 2004.REUTERS/ITAR-TASS/PRESIDENTIAL NEWS SERVICE

Source: Business Insider

Putin attempted to shield his children from the media, trying to keep them out of politics so they could live normal lives.

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Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

Sources: Reuters, Business Insider

Despite this, Katerina made her debut on Russian state television as a biotech expert in December 2018.

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Katerina Tikhonova (R) on Rossiya 1 on December 7, 2018.Rossia 1

Source: Business Insider

His appearance did not include any comment on his connection to Putin. The link was briefly made public during a dance contest, but later retracted.

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Katerina Tikhonova (L) and Vladimir PutinReuters

Source: Reuters

In June 2021, Katerina spoke at a conference that is Russia’s equivalent of Davos – but no one called her Putin’s daughter, apparently for fear of Kremlin reprisals.

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Katerina Tikhonova, deputy director of the Institute for Mathematical Research of Complex Systems at Moscow State University, on screen during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia, 4 June 2021.Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters

Source: The Washington Post

At the end of 2020, Putin announced that Russia had completed its COVID-19 vaccine, although it had not yet completed clinical evaluations. Putin said he kicked one of his two daughters, but did not specify which one.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with government officials via video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia August 11, 2020.Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS

Sources: Business Insider, BBC, Politics

Putin said his daughter’s temperature dropped after receiving two injections. “She participated in the experiment,” he said, adding, “She feels fine and has a high antibody count.”

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Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo/AP Images

Sources: Business Insider, BBC, Politics

It was a rare recognition for Putin, but still shrouded in mystery.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a meeting of the Russian Security Council in the Moscow Kremlin.Alexei NikolskyTASS via Getty Images

In February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine, drawing condemnation from around the world. Three weeks later, an activist filmed himself inside what he described as an apartment in Biarritz belonging to Katerina’s ex-husband, saying he wanted to welcome Ukrainian refugees there.

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An image showing an activist waving a Ukrainian flag from the balcony of a villa linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Biarritz, France.Russia today

Source: Initiated, The initiate.

In April, the United States said it would target “family members” of senior Russian officials in a wave of sanctions, with the EU also considering the move. Sources said that meant Putin’s children – likely Maria and Katerina.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal, The White House

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