Vladimir Putin’s dancer daughter has snooped into the social media accounts of 70 million Russians aged 18 to 35 and concluded they are not loyal enough to her dad.
Katerina Tikhonova, 36, heads the Innopraktika Institute in Moscow, whose researchers discovered that “patriotism” is distinctly lacking among the age group.
There is also a lack of unity among the numerous ethnic groups of Russia, they complained.
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Project manager Laima Lemaire bemoaned that younger Russians who have lived most of their lives under Putin’s iron-fist rule lack “traditional values” needed for a stable society.
The destruction of spiritual and moral values in Russia amounted to a "special military hybrid operation”, he claimed.
It allegedly began with the “digital colonisation" of Putin’s country by Western social media companies.
Tikhonova is Putin’s second daughter with ex-wife and former Russian first lady Lyudmila Putina.
She is also deputy director of the Institute for Mathematical Research of Complex Systems at Moscow State University.
And she was appointed to jointly head a high-powered group supervising import substitution to evade Western sanctions.
Her first husband was Russia’s youngest billionaire Kirill Shamalov, 41, son of a close Putin crony.
Her current partner is Igor Zelensky, 53, former head of the Bavarian State Ballet and no relation to the Ukrainian President.
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A book published in 2000 called First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia's President Vladimir Putin, is made up of a collection of interviews with the Russian leader’s family, friends and the man himself.
In one interview, the then-14-year-old Katerina reveals that she was completely taken aback when she learned her father was going to become the President of Russia.
The 36-year-old former acrobatic dancer said at the time that she “flipped out when I heard that Papa was going to be acting president.”
Katerina, who now has a senior position at Moscow State University, added: “When Mama told me this, I thought she was joking. Then I realised that she wouldn't joke about such a thing."
While Katerina may have found it exciting the same cannot be said for her mother who said she “cried for the whole day” when she heard the news.
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