Yekaterina Vladimirovna Putina
31 August 1986
|Alma mater||Moscow State University|
(m. 2013; div. 2018)
|Relatives||Mariya Putina (sister)|
Katerina Tikhonova (Russian: Катери́на Ти́хонова, IPA: [kətʲɪˈrʲinə ˈtʲixənəvə], née Yekaterina Vladimirovna Putina, Екатери́на Влади́мировна Пу́тина; born 31 August 1986) is a Russian acrobatic dancer, and director of two initiatives at Moscow State University: the National Intellectual Development Foundation (NIDF) and the National Intellectual Reserve Centre (NIRC). She is the younger daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Born in Dresden, East Germany, the younger of two daughters of Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Putina. Tikhonova attended German School Moscow. She is the director of Innopraktika, a $1.7 billion development project to create a science center at Moscow State University. Innopraktika is competing with the Skolkovo Innovation Center and is referred to by Stanislav Belkovsky as being the "anti-Skolkovo". Tikhonova dropped the Putin surname and took the matronymic name of her maternal grandmother, Yekaterina Tikhonovna Shkrebneva, as her surname.
In 2013, Tikhonova married Kirill Shamalov, the son of Nikolay Shamalov a co-owner of Rossiya Bank. He is also vice-president of Sibur Holding, which is a Russian gas processing and petrochemicals company headquartered in Moscow. The Russian government holds 38 per cent of the shares of the gas company. At the time, the couple was estimated to hold assets worth around $2 billion. In January 2018, it was reported that Tikhonova and Shamalov had separated.
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