The Director General of the National Intellectual Development Fund (operating under the Innopraktika brand) Katerina Tikhonova entered the recently created government council for the development of physical education and sports. The Council, consisting of 28 people, will work out decisions "on socially significant initiatives, projects, and activities in the field of developing physical education and mass sports in Russia," the government website says (the BBC Russian Service was the first to notice).
Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets became the chairman of the council. The order to create a new structure of Tikhonov is indicated as the head of the National Intellectual Development Fund. In addition to her, the council included the Minister of Sports Pavel Kolobkov, the general director of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov, the wife of Alisher Usmanov F 9, the trainer Irina Viner-Usmanova, the governor of Primorye Oleg Kozhemyako, as well as the daughter of the Minister of Defense Ksenia Shoigu.
The Innopraktika Foundation and Tikhonova herself became widely known in 2015 after the publication of an investigation by RBC on the expansion of Moscow State University. It stated that the fund was involved in a project to create a scientific and technological valley of the university, estimated at 110 billion rubles. The day after the Reuters investigation came out, citing a source close to Moscow State University, it was reported that Tikhonova was the daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Then Bloomberg sources later also called Tikhonov the daughter of the head of state. In addition, Reuters wrote that Tikhonov was married to Kirill Shamalov F 110 - the son of the shareholder of the Rossiya Bank Nikolai F 198 Shamalov, who in 2014 was included in the EU sanctions list as a “long-time acquaintance” of the Russian president. In early 2018, Bloomberg, citing four unnamed sources, announced that the “marriage union” of Tikhonova and Shamalov was completed.
In addition, in 2016, The New Times magazine wrote that the second daughter of the Russian president is Maria Vorontsova. In July 2019, the BBC Russian Service drew attention to the Unified State Register of Legal Entities, according to which Maria Vladimirovna Vorontsova is one of five co-owners (with a 20% stake) and a member of the board of directors of New Medical Company (Nomeco) ), registered in St. Petersburg in January 2019. An acquaintance of the Putin family confirmed to the BBC Russian service that it was about the president’s daughter.
Putin has been asked more than once about his relationship with Tikhonova and Vorontsova. At a press conference in 2015, the president said that he had never talked about the place of work of his daughters and was not going to do it. “In general, I believe that everyone has the right to their own destiny. I have never been star children, they never enjoyed the fact that spotlights are aimed at them, they just live their own lives and do it very worthily, ”Putin noted.
At a Putin press conference in 2019, Farida Rustamova, a correspondent for the BBC Russian Service, asked the president when his daughters would become “open to the public.” She mentioned the names of Tikhonova and Vorontsova, as well as Innopraktika and Nomeko. “You mentioned one woman, you mentioned a second, you mentioned their personal shares, the volume of this business. You will dig deeper in more detail and understand what kind of business it really is and whether it exists as such, to whom it belongs and who helps them there, ”the president replied. Putin spoke in detail and in a positive manner about what Nomeco and Innopraktika were doing, but he did not answer the question of whether Tikhonova and Vorontsova were his daughters.