What Putin Has Said About Daughters Katerina Tikhonova, Maria Vorontsova

Over the course of his presidency, Russia's Vladimir Putin has rarely spoken about his two daughters, Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Tikhonova. However, the two may be facing sanctions in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing conflict between the two nations.

On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. officials could announce new sanctions on Russia, including ones aimed at his daughters.

During a press conference on Tuesday, the White House Press Secretary declined to confirm that the U.S. was planning to sanction Putin's daughters but said that new sanctions "will target Russian government officials, their family members." Bloomberg also reported that the European Union was planning to sanction Putin's daughters, citing unnamed sources.

The reports of new sanctions come shortly after Ukrainian officials accused Russian military troops of committing war crimes in Bucha and other cities surrounding Ukraine's capital of Kyiv.

While Putin has remained secretive about his personal and family life over the course of his presidency, he has mentioned his daughters on a few occasions.

In 2015, Putin held a press conference where he was asked by reporters about his daughters.

"They are taking the first steps in their careers, but are making good progress. They are not involved in business or politics," Putin said in 2015, according to Reuters. "They have never been 'star' children, they have never got pleasure from the spotlight being directed on them. They just live their own lives."

Putin continued, "They live in Russia...I am proud of them, they continue to study and are working. My daughters speak three European languages fluently."
According to Reuters, Putin said that he didn't want to share any further details about his daughters due to security concerns.

Director Oliver Stone also conducted several interviews with Putin for a Showtime special, entitled, The Putin Interviews, which was released in 2017.

"They have their own family life," Putin says in one portion of the interviews.

Putin also confirmed that he was a grandfather but said that he plays with his grandchildren "very seldom, unfortunately."

"They are not into politics and they aren't into corporate business. They are into science and education," Putin said when asked about his daughters. "I am proud of them."

Vorontsova, 37 and Tikhonova, 35, are from Putin's past marriage with Lyudmila Putina. In 2013, Putin announced that his marriage with Putina had come to an end, saying at the time that "it was a joint decision," the BBC reported.

"We hardly see each other, each of us has our own life," Putin said in 2013, according to the BBC.

The Russian state-run news outlet, TASS, reported in 2020 that Putin keeps details of his personal life out of the public "as a matter of security."

Since Russia announced a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24, war has continued to rage between the two nations. The U.S. and dozens of Western nations have continued to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine, as well as imposing numerous sanctions on the Russian economy.

Newsweek reached out to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin's two daughters may be facing new sanctions from the U.S. and the European Union amid Russia's ongoing conflict with Ukraine. Above, Putin is seen at a meeting via a video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on April 5, 2022. MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/SPUTNIK/AFP/Getty