EU sanctions Putin’s daughters and US plans to do the same
The European Union (EU) has proposed to sanction two daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin in a move that would add pressure on the Russian leader’s closest relatives in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration is also expected to announce sanctions this week against Putin’s two daughters.
These measures are included in the new package of sanctions that EU member states have yet to approve, ranging from travel bans to asset freezes on Russian businessmen, politicians, officials and their families.
For its part, the United States could announce today these measures, which include two of the largest Russian banks as well as Maria Putina and Katerina Tikhonova, the leader’s two daughters from his first marriage to Lyudmila Shkrebneva.
Washington is seeking with these sanctions to further target members of the Russian leader’s inner circle in response to reports of atrocities that Ukrainian officials claim were committed by Russian troops in Ukraine, which Moscow denies.
Putin does not speak publicly about his family but, according to the Kremlin, he has two daughters with his first wife, Lyudmila Shkrebneva, who have largely kept out of public life, to the point that many Russians do not know what they look like.
Maria Putina is co-owner of Nomeko, a company involved in the construction of an oncology center outside St. Petersburg, and Katerina Tikhonova heads an artificial intelligence institute at Moscow State University.