Russian Abbas Galyamov described two reasons why Katerina Tikhonova could become president after her father
Vladimir Putin may groom his daughter Katerina Tikhonova to be his successor as president. This is claimed by Russian political scientist Abbas Galyamov, quoted by Ukrainian media. He draws his conclusion based on several actions of the Russian president in recent months.
The political scientist claims that for some reason the authorities started promoting Tikhonova, who
so far she has not been so active in public
However, she has been appointed to a position that suggests she has prospects for promotion in the Russian hierarchy.
In the summer, the daughter of the Russian leader became the co-chair of the Russian Union of Industrialists on Import Issues (also called the “union of oligarchs”). Galyamov commented that the post is of key importance as imports are extremely important to the Russian economy amid Western sanctions over the war in Ukraine.
“They will be able to show Tikhonova on TV and inspire the Russians that she is supposedly saving the economy. This is clearly done for a reason”, Galyamov believes. The Kremlin has repeatedly stressed the importance of Russian businesses replacing foreign goods and services with domestic alternatives since the US and Europe imposed sanctions on Moscow.
The second reason that the expert points to as the basis for Katerina Tikhonova succeeding Putin is the Russian president’s belief that he is the greatest politician of our time. The master of the Kremlin also has examples of such a cast after Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov handed over power to his son in Turkmenistan, and the same thing happened in Azerbaijan.
However, the political scientist believes that the Russians do not at all
would welcome Putin’s idea
to be replaced in the post by his daughter. Galyamov noted that the president is a very secretive person and not everything that lies on the surface can be true, as he can consciously introduce and sow different thoughts among the people to disorient them about something completely unexpected.
Born in 1986 in Dresden, where her father was then working as an intelligence officer for the KGB, Katerina is Putin’s youngest daughter from his marriage to his ex-wife Lyudmila. She takes her maternal grandmother’s last name.
Tikhonova is an expert in the field of technology and led the Innopraktika project to build a science and research center at Moscow State University. Years ago, she attracted the attention of the Russian media as an acrobatic dancer. She is believed to have been married to banker Mykola Shamalov, but the two split in 2018. She was recently credited with an affair with 52-year-old ballet dancer Igor Zelensky, who is unrelated to the Ukrainian president.
Katerina Tikhonova has been on the list of persons against whom European, American and British financial sanctions have been imposed since April.