Vladimir Putin’s secretive ‘rock’n’roll’ daughter Katerina and her billionaire husband are to divorce, it is today reported.
Katerina Tikhonova, said in Russia to be Putin’s younger daughter, has become famous for her her spectacular “boogle woogle” Acrobatic Rock’n’roll performances in dance competitions.
Katerina, who uses her mother’s maiden name, wed tycoon Kirill Shamalov, 36, five years ago.
But accounts in Moscow today allege the businesswoman has divorced Shamalov as he has allegedy found a new lover.
It is reported the young billionaire has has declined to comment.
“Shamalov must have balls of steel," a source said.
But Shamalov – son of a longtime Putin crony – is believed to now be removed from US sanctions.
In April, he was still listed by the US Treasury was the “husband of Putin’s daughter”. While he has slipped from 64th to 75th on the Forbes Russia rankings of wealth, his fortune has increased from $1.2billion (£936million) to $1.4billion (£1billion).
Huge mystery shrouds Putin’s two daughters – now in their 30s – from his marriage to ex-wife Lyudmila.
The Kremlin never comments on Katerina, or his other daughter Maria, 33, who is married to a Dutch businessman.
Putin has previously said of his daughters: "They have never been ‘star’ children, they have never got pleasure from the spotlight being directed on them. They just live their own lives.
"They live in Russia … They have never been educated anywhere except Russia.
"I am proud of them.”
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