“Russia has long been partitioned between Putin's relatives and friends,” said Gennady Gudkov ironically. “All of them are multimillionaires and billionaires and capital owners. What is more, their families have settled in the Western countries. Meanwhile, 20 mln people are suffering from poverty in Russia.”
The recent publication of the Project media outlet received significant public interest. It reveals the “fabulous” story of the enrichment of Svetlana Krivonogikh, a St. Petersburg resident who became the owner of assets worth totally 7.7 bln rubles ($100 mln) after meeting Vladimir Putin, Now, people are discussing the "secret family" of the Russian President and the possible existence of his "third daughter" with quite great interest, albeit with caution and even distrust of the facts voiced by reporters.
In fact, it is highly unlikely that the story of a rank-and-file shop cleaning lady who never aspired to have a lavish lifestyle but who became one of the richest Russians thanks to her possible ties to the Russian President and his inner circle will go unnoticed. All the more, when a source says that the same Svetlana Krivonogikh gave birth to a girl named Elizaveta in 2003. According to the authors of the article, the girl looks very much alike Vladimir Putin.
The reaction of people involved in the investigation also arouses interest in this topic. For example, Svetlana Krivonogogikh's daughter immediately deleted almost all the photos from her accounts on social networks where one can see her face. Moreover, the situation was commented on even in the Kremlin. In doing so, it abandoned a longstanding tradition “not to pay attention” to rumors of this kind. For example, Dmitry Peskov, the head of the President's Press Service, compared this story to the publications of the yellow press hinting that it had nothing to do with reality.
Of course, as soon as the information of this kind becomes known to the media, experts get in the spotlight as they more often share the insider knowledge about the life of top-ranking officials that is carefully hidden from public view. For example, not long ago, Dr. Valery Solovey, a well-known Russian political expert, was asked to comment on the publication of the Project. Unexpectedly he supported the Russian President. To his thinking, Putin is “a man who is not married and, therefore, has the right to seek his happiness and build any relationships he wants.” In fact, Solovey did not refute reporters' assumptions but noted that he did not see anything inappropriate in this situation.
Just the day before Gennady Gudkov, a well-known Russian public figure, a retired FSB [Federal Security Service, the principal security agency of Russia] Colonel, politician, and businessman, commented on this notorious affair.
“The Russian President seems to be a real heroic father,” said Gudkov ironically. “According to press enquiries, he has many children born out of wedlock. The resemblance of another girl who is allegedly Putin’s daughter is up to 70%. Moreover, all these children are multimillionaires or even billionaires. All this happens by a happy and random coincidence, of course.
“Russia has long been partitioned between Putin's relatives and friends. All of them are multimillionaires and billionaires and capital owners. Moreover, their families have settled in Western countries. Meanwhile, 20 mln people are suffering from poverty in Russia. In addition, there are 80 mln residents who struggle from paycheck to paycheck without hope for a better future. Or am I wrong?”