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Putin has 2 daughters he barely ever talks about, and is rumoured to have at least 2 more. His rumored mistress has just been slammed with sanctions.

Business Insider Logo By mjankowicz@businessinsider.com (Mia Jankowicz,Ellen Cranley,Michelle Mark) of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 35:  Russian President Vladimir Putin has at least two daughters he rarely talks about. He has two adult daughters with his ex-wife Lyudmila Shkrebneva: Maria, 36, and Katerina, 35. One rumored mistress, Alina Kabaeva, was sanctioned by the US in August. President Vladimir Putin is famously secretive of his personal life, and has fought hard to prevent the media and the world from knowing much about his family.He has long made a concerted effort to shield his children from the spotlight.Putin has never publicly acknowledged his children, though media outlets have for years speculated and reported about the two daughters Putin had with his ex-wife.Further reports center around rumors that two extramarital affairs may have produced another two daughters.But as international pressure mounts on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, sanctions have closed in on his personal networks and in particular, his children and rumoured girlfriends.One daughter from his first marriage, Katerina Tikhonova, has been entrusted with a key job overseeing import substitutions as Russia reels under sanctions.And in August, ex-gymnast Alina Kabaeva — with whom Putin is rumoured to have had two children — was sanctioned by the US government.Here is what we know about the lives of Putin's secret kids and girlfriends.Pat Ralph contributed reporting to previous versions of this article.Read the original article on Business Insider

Putin has 2 daughters he barely ever talks about, and is rumoured to have at least 2 more. His rumored mistress has just been slammed with sanctions.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has at least two daughters he rarely talks about.
  • He has two adult daughters with his ex-wife Lyudmila Shkrebneva: Maria, 36, and Katerina, 35.
  • One rumored mistress, Alina Kabaeva, was sanctioned by the US in August.

President Vladimir Putin is famously secretive of his personal life, and has fought hard to prevent the media and the world from knowing much about his family.

He has long made a concerted effort to shield his children from the spotlight.

Putin has never publicly acknowledged his children, though media outlets have for years speculated and reported about the two daughters Putin had with his ex-wife.

Further reports center around rumors that two extramarital affairs may have produced another two daughters.

But as international pressure mounts on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, sanctions have closed in on his personal networks and in particular, his children and rumoured girlfriends.

One daughter from his first marriage, Katerina Tikhonova, has been entrusted with a key job overseeing import substitutions as Russia reels under sanctions.

And in August, ex-gymnast Alina Kabaeva — with whom Putin is rumoured to have had two children — was sanctioned by the US government.

Here is what we know about the lives of Putin's secret kids and girlfriends.

Pat Ralph contributed reporting to previous versions of this article.

Read the original article on Business Insider
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