The Truth About Vladimir Putin's Daughters

Russia is a land of magic, and by far the largest landmass in the world. At 6.6 million square miles, it has runner-up Canada beat by 2.8 million square miles, per History — and the same number of vodka drinks.

Unfortunately, within that giant land mass there exist some short tempers and small-minded ideas about important things like freedom of speech and information, including those held by Russian president Vladimir Putin. He wants his country to have its own Wikipedia, own computer operating systems, and ultimately, he wants control over who does what, and what information they have. That's just how ex-KGB agents roll.

All of which makes asking questions about his daughters a touchy subject. Nevertheless, here's the story of Vlad the Election Impaler's offspring.

Putin's secret child and girlfriend

According to Business Insider, Putin has two daughters, and possibly one more depending who you ask. But, you'd be wise not to ask. 

Putin's confirmed daughter's names are Maria and Katerina, and their mother is his ex-wife, Lyudmila Shkrebneva. Maria was born in Leningrad in 1985, while Katerina was born in Germany in 1986 while Putin was on working there for the KGB.

If Shkrebneva is to be believed, he is a big softie when it comes to his girls. "Not all fathers are as loving with their children as he is," she said in a quote on Putin's government website. "And he has always spoiled them, while I was the one who had to discipline them."

Granted, that's straight off a government website, so whether or not it's true is anybody's guess. But the girls seem to have turned out alright.

"Maria studied biology in college and went to medical school in Moscow, while Katerina majored in Asian Studies in college," BI continues, though they both went under false identities. Classic KGB move, ladies.

Maria has settled in Moscow as a medical researcher with her Dutch husband and their child.

Katerina is an "accomplished acrobatic dancer and has a senior position at her alma mater, Moscow State University, heading a $1.7 billion startup incubator." She also recently divorced Russian billionaire Kirill Shamalov after six years of marriage, revealing they were worth $2 billion. Undoubtedly, Katerina is doing fine financially.

Putin's rumored third daughter would be with his also-rumored girlfriend and former Russian rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabaeva, who had a child in 2015.

And that's about all that anyone knows about any of Putin's children. Say what you want about the man as the head of a censored state, but when it comes to his children, keeping their lives out of the press is respectable.