Vladimir Putin's eldest daughter, Maria Vorontsova (38 years old), made surprising statements during a rare interview. For example, she said, Russia is a society where people are central: “For us, human life is the highest good.” Ukrainian media react with bewilderment.
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Vorontsova, an endocrinologist, spoke to Medtech.Moscow, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Moscow mayor's office. The interview was conducted on December 16, Agentstvo, an investigative journalism website, reported on Thursday.
As expected, Vorontsova did not have to answer questions about Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The interviewer did not even mention that she was the daughter of the Russian leader. Instead, Vorontsova used the interview to burnish her image and present herself as an educated and hardworking citizen. For example, she talked about global medical advances and talked about her literary, musical, and sporting interests.
“Everything is beautiful”
Her interview was a declaration of love for the beautiful things in Russian life and society. Her inspiration? “Everything that is beautiful. Paintings, museums, theaters and music. Her passion? “Sports.” She spends “at least a few hours a week following a healthy lifestyle and exercising.” Among others: surfing and skiing.
But many statements hurt the ears and were completely contrary to her father's war policy. “We are a society where people are central. Russia is a people-oriented society. For us, human life is the highest good,” Putin’s daughter said. She continued that every person should be valued so that “we can all understand each other better and communicate better.”
These words sound very bitter, as Russia carries out one bombing after another on Ukraine. Ukrainian media reacted with bewilderment. “Despite all the Russian bombing of peaceful cities, despite all the casualties at the front, Vorontsova remains convinced that Russia values life,” she said bitterly.
Vorontsova was born in 1985 in what is now St. Petersburg. Her mother is Putin's ex-wife Lyudmila Butina (66). The Kremlin has always been keen to fully protect President Putin's personal and family life. Therefore, his private life is shrouded in mystery and mystery. Very little is known about his children.
Vorontsova studied biology and medicine. She was in a relationship for several years with a Dutch businessman, Jorit Joost Wasen, who worked for companies in Putin's energy empire. It has been on the EU and US sanctions list since 2022.
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