Putin’s daughter Katerina dating ‘Zelensky’. 

Putins daughter Katerina Tikhonova

The daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin Katerina Tikhonova has a partner named ‘Zelensky’, which is the same name as Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, according to the report.

According to the Daily Mail, Putin’s 35-year-old daughter is no longer allowed to fly from Moscow to Munich to stay with her partner because of sanctions imposed on her after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Katerina had previously flown regular flights from Russia to Munich to stay with.

Katerina Tikhonova

The 35-year-old woman was previously married to young Russian billionaire Kirill Shamalow, 40. The two ended their marriage in 2017 after falling in love with a ballet dancer. Zelensky was previously married to choreographer Yana Serebryakova with two daughters and a son.

Katerina is the last of Putin’s two daughters since his marriage to Kremlin first wife Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya.

In the past, Putin has been openly angry about the Russians living.

Katerina Tikhonova is said to have secret relation with Zelensky

A joint probe by popular German magazine Der Spiegel and independent Russian media outlet iStories suggests that one of the officially recognised daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin has been living in secret luxury in Germany. 

Amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, Putin openly slammed pro-western Russians and said that their “mentality is there [West], not here [Russia], with our people” and even labelled them as “scum and traitors”.

Putins daughter Katerina Tikhonova

According to the report, Katerina was living with 52-year-old Igor Zelensky – the same surname as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who could be considered Putin’s biggest enemy.

Igor Zelensky is a paid ballet dancer and former director of the Munich regional ballet.

Tikhonova dates Zelensky

The report also noted that Katerina had a two-year-old daughter, probably with Igor as an unknown source told Der Spiegel that Zelensky “may have been Putin’s daughter’s partner”. However, the report did not name the child or any other details.

Investigations also revealed details of Katerina’s leaked plane, which apparently flew to Munich “more than 50 times” between 2017 and 2019 with Russian security guards.

A regular trip between Moscow to Munich was apparently blocked by Katerina as she faced Western sanctions following Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine.

Putins daughter Katerina Tikhonova

Unrelated to the Ukrainian president of the same surname, 52-year-old Igor Zelensky was a world-renowned dancer before becoming the artistic director of the Bayerisches Staatsballet in 2016. He stepped down on April 4, citing “private family reasons”, failing to answer calls to criticize Putin’s war on violence in Ukraine.

Zelensky still has a role on the governing body of Russia’s National Cultural Heritage Foundation, which is building a cultural center in the Crimea and is understood to be close to Putin.

An anonymous source who plays in the Bavarian regional ballet told Der Spiegel that Zelensky “may have been a partner of Putin’s daughter”, before reporters asked directly about her family’s relationship.


Since launching his military campaign against Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has denigrated western Russians, who love European food and the climate has meant that “their minds are here, not here, and our people”.

Yet her daughter’s excitement about visiting western Europe is at least similar to that of the oligarch “scum and tram” she spent, an investigation shared by the independent Russian iStories and the German magazine Der Spiegel suggests.

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