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Russia-Ukraine War: Canada sanctions Putin’s daughters

“We will continue to impose severe costs on the Russian regime…and will relentlessly pursue accountability for their actions.”

• April 20, 2022
Putin and his daughters, Maria Putina and Katerina Tikhonova
Composite of Putin and his daughters, Maria Putina and Katerina Tikhonova used to illustrate the story

Canada has announced it will place sanctions on 14 associates of the Russian government, including President Vladimir Putin’s two daughters.

The announcement was made on Tuesday.

Mélanie Joly, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, said in a statement that they would answer for their crimes.

“We will continue to impose severe costs on the Russian regime in coordination with our allies and will relentlessly pursue accountability for their actions,” Ms Joly stated.

Putin’s daughters, Maria Putina and Katerina Tikhonova, have already felt the economic impact of the Russia-Ukraine war.

Few details are known about the two since Mr Putin has kept them out of public glare for security concerns.

Their mother is Lyudmila Putina, who was married to the president before they ended their relationship in 2013.

Ms Putina leads Russia’s state-funded programme that works on genetic programmes overseen by the Kremlin, while Ms Tikhonova works on publicly-funded projects at Moscow State University and oversees an artificial intelligence institute.

The U.S. Treasury Department disclosed that Ms Tikhonova also did work supporting the Russian defence industry.

It was not publicly known that Ms Putina is Putin’s daughter until 2015, when blogger Oleg Kashin published the news, considering her surname is from her grandmother.

She is reportedly married to Dutch businessman Jorrit Joost Faassen.

Ms Tikhonova married Russian businessman Kirill Shamalov in 2013, but they divorced in 2018. 

(NAN)

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