The US has decided this Thursday to extend the sanctions to new members of the Russian elite close to the president, Vladimir Putin, among which his two adult daughters stand out, as well as the wife and daughter of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as announced by the White House. The European Union (EU) has also proposed sanctioning Putin’s two daughters, in a measure that seeks to add pressure on the closest relatives of the Russian leader in response to the invasion of Ukraine‘.
According to ‘The Wall Street Journal’, these measures are included in the new package of sanctions that the EU member states must still approve and that They range from travel bans to asset freezes on businessmen, Russian politicians, officials and their families.
For its part, the United States has already announced these measures, which include two of the largest Russian banks as well as Maria Putina and Katerina Tikhonova, the two daughters of the leader from his first marriage with Lyudmila Shkrebneva.
The newspaper indicates that Washington deals with these sanctions to continue attacking the members of the inner circle of the Russian leader, in response to reports of atrocities that Ukrainian officials say were committed by Russian troops in Ukraine and which Moscow denies.
Putin does not speak publicly about his family but, according to the Kremlin, He has two daughters with his first wife, Lyudmila Shkrebneva, who have largely stayed out of public life, to the point where many Russians don’t know what they look like.
According to Forbes magazine, Maria Putina is a co-owner of Nomeko, a company involved in the construction of a cancer center outside St. Petersburg, and Katerina Tikhonova heads an artificial intelligence institute at Moscow State University.
It is unknown if the Russian leader has other children and the diary points out that, in the case of the European Union, He has not been able to confirm whether the daughters subject to the sanctions are the ones he has publicly acknowledged.
In 2013, the couple said their marriage was over. The following year, the Kremlin confirmed that the Russian president had completed the divorce process from his wife after a marriage of almost 30 years.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.