Putin's Daughters Take Center Stage At 'Russia's Davos' - Here's What We Know...

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In an unprecedented move, the daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to make a public appearance together at a significant business conference this week.

This development is seen as a sign that Moscow's elites are preparing for a post-Putin era. According to the Daily Mail, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), often referred to as 'Russia's Davos,' is believed to be the first major event both daughters have attended.

Putin, who has been at the helm of the Russian Federation as either President or Prime Minister for nearly a quarter-century, is notoriously private about his family life. The state media in Russia is prohibited from reporting on his daughters or associating them with him. The press also refrains from reporting on his alleged relationship with his longtime mistress, former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabaeva, and another child he is rumored to have fathered with a former cleaning lady turned multi-millionaire.

The Russian President's eldest daughter, Maria Vorontsova, is an endocrinologist and is participating in a panel on Russia's bioeconomy at the SPIEF. Her younger sister, Katerina Tikhonova, is the director of Innopraktika, a foundation that invests in and supports various scientific and technological projects, including a top drone manufacturer. Tikhonova, who is also a renowned rock-and-roll dancer, participated in a discussion on the role of Russia's military industrial complex in growing the tech sector, moderated by Putin's propagandist-in-chief Vladimir Solovyov.

Despite their participation in the SPIEF, their names are discreetly tucked away in the official event timetable and brochure, with no mention of their relation to the Russian President. Vorontsova and Tikhonova are the children of Putin and his ex-wife Lyudmila Shkrebneva, who was Russia's First Lady until their divorce in 2013. All mention of their existence in Russia's state media sphere was effectively erased as Putin consolidated his power as Kremlin chief.

However, both daughters are now cultivating their own public profiles as they ascend in their respective fields. This is seen by many observers as a sign of Putin's march toward old age and the inevitable fallout his eventual passing will bring. As the members of Putin's inner circle and Moscow's elite age, their children are seeking to elevate their own profiles or are being placed into pivotal leadership roles in politics and business. This is a nepotistic strategy designed to ensure their future prosperity and protection ahead of Putin's death or the unlikely event he is forced to relinquish power.

"This is a way in which Putin can ensure regime fealty from these elite members by making sure that they know they are being looked after, and that their children are being looked after," Dr. Ben Noble, associate professor of Russian politics at University College London, told The Times.

Putin, who often promotes traditional values and the importance of having a large, strong family, has been linked to Alina Kabaeva for over a decade. The pair are believed to have privately married, with independent Russian outlets reporting Kabaeva has had at least two children at a private clinic in Switzerland. Kabaeva herself has given several coy and cryptic interviews about her love for an unnamed man, who bears a striking resemblance to Putin.

In addition to Kabaeva, Putin is also believed to have fathered a fifth child with a third woman, Svetlana Krivonogikh. Born in Putin's hometown of St. Petersburg, Krivonogikh allegedly caught Putin's eye while working as a shop cleaner in the late 1990s. A leak of sensitive documents in 2021, known as the Pandora Papers, revealed how Krivonogikh grew rich after Putin became Russia's president in 2000. She came into possession of several properties, including a luxurious Moscow apartment, and became a shareholder in Bank Rossiya, known for its connections to Putin's inner circle.

As Putin's reign continues, the public profiles of his daughters and their roles in the Russian economy and society are becoming increasingly significant. Their participation in the SPIEF and their rising prominence in their respective fields are seen as strategic moves to ensure their future prosperity and protection. This development, coupled with Putin's private life and relationships, paints a complex picture of the Russian President's personal life and his plans for the future of his family and his country.