SOCHI, November 10 /TASS/. The Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov has refuted a Reuters report published on Tuesday saying that Katerina Tikhonova, the head of the Innopraktika Company, is a daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"I can refute that," Peskov told journalists.
In its article Reuters refers to Gazprombank’s Chief Andrey Akimov who allegedly said that Tikhonova was Putin’s daughter. "I have already seen Akimov’s denial in which he says he is absolutely surprised with the Reuters information and has never said anything of the kind," the Kremlin spokesperson went on to say.
"But as for who Putin’s daughter is, I cannot tell you anything because I do not have and I am not supposed to have this information. It’s not part of my administrative duties," the presidential press secretary concluded.
Officially, Putin has two daughters — Maria,30, and Katerina, 29. None of the two is a public figure.
Some media have already tried to launch their own probes into the private lives of Putin’s daughters. Some reports, for example, claimed that Putin’s younger daughter Katerina who has taken the surname Tikhonova is heading the Innopraktika Company, which develops a scientific cluster on the Moscow State University basis. Those reports, however, have not been officially confirmed.
Putin told TASS in an interview last year that his daughters lived in Moscow and that he met them approximately once in two weeks.