Putin ‘has grounded’ his daughter and ‘stopped her flying abroad for birthday beach holiday amid fears she did not intend to return to Russia’
Vladimir Putin has allegedly grounded his daughter and prevented her from travelling abroad for her birthday amid fears she did not intend to return to Russia.
Scientist Dr Maria Vorontsova wanted to fly to a ‘friendly’ country for a tropical beach vacation to mark her 37th birthday next week, according to a report in Moscow.
‘Putin responded with a categorical refusal, strengthening the security protection of Maria,’ said the report on the Russian outlet.
‘According to our information, the president’s eldest daughter did not plan to return to Russia.’
The report did not say if the reason for her alleged plan to abscond was her father’s bloody war in Ukraine.
The General SVR Telegram channel claims insider knowledge of the Kremlin, and was the first to report Putin is suffering serious illnesses including cancer, a theory now regarded as plausible.
Scientist Dr Maria Vorontsova (centre) wanted to fly to a ‘friendly’ country for a tropical beach vacation to mark her 37th birthday next week, according to a report in Moscow
Maria planned a romantic getaway with Yevgeny Nagorny, 33, (pictured together in 2019) her partner since the breakup of her marriage to the Dutch son of a NATO colonel, according to the General SVR Telegram channel
Maria, who has been sanctioned by Western countries due to her family links to Putin, has a half-Dutch son, now eight, with her ex-husband Jorrit Faassen.
She is now banned from travel to major Western countries but earlier was fond of going to Europe.
Pictures show Maria with Nagorny attending a wedding of doctor friends near Salerno, Italy in 2019. She appeared at the time to be pregnant.
Maria is Putin’s daughter by his ex-wife Lyudmila, the former Russian first lady.
Born when the Russian president was a KGB spy, Maria is an expert in rare genetic diseases in children.
She is a leading researcher at the National Medical Research Center for Endocrinology of the Ministry of Health of Russia. She is also an expert on dwarfism.
After meeting Maria, Nagorny walked into a £90,000 a year job and was installed in a luxury high security home with three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a pantry, library, wood-burning fireplace, and a private terrace, according to an investigation by independent media outlets Meduza and Nastoyashchee Vremya.
He studied at the unfashionable customs department of the Moscow University of Finance and Law.
Nagorny later worked for a customs broker and a fertiliser company, and appeared anti-Putin, being ‘interested in the opposition agenda’.
Vladimir Putin has allegedly grounded his daughter and prevented her from travelling abroad for her birthday amid fears she did not intend to return to Russia
Maria’s ex-husband worked long term in Russia at Gazprombank-Invest and Stroytransgaz.
Her divorced sister Katerina, deputy director of the Institute for Mathematical Research of Complex Systems at Moscow State University, is likewise from Putin’s former marriage to former Kremlin first lady Lyudmila.
Their half sister is Luiza Rozova, a 19-year-old heiress also known as Elizaveta Krivonogikh, from a previous relationship with cleaner-turned-multimillionaire Svetlana Krivonogikh, 45, now a part-owner of a major Russian bank.
All three Putin daughters have remained silent on the war with Ukraine, and their opinion on the conflict is not known.
Putin, 69, was once told by a BBC Russia reporter that it was an ‘open secret’ that Maria and Katerina were his children, but he declined to confirm them as his daughters.
Speculation that he has a family with rhythmic gymnast turned media mogul Alina Kabaeva, 38, have been met with official denials, but the rumours persist.
Putin has previously said: ‘I have a private life in which I do not permit interference. It must be respected.’
He deplored ‘those who with their snotty noses and erotic fantasies prowl into others’ lives’.
Kabaeva is on record as saying she had met a man who ‘I love very much’, gushing: ‘Sometimes you feel so happy that you even feel scared.’
It was not immediately possible to verify the General SVR claims.