|Katerina Vladimirovna Tikhonova|
31 August 1986|
Dresden, East Germany
|Other names||Ekaterina Putina|
|Alma mater||Moscow State University|
(m. 2013; div. 2018)
|Relatives||Maria Putina (sister)|
Katerina Vladimirovna Tikhonova (Russian: Катери́на Влади́мировна Ти́хонова, IPA: [kətʲɪˈrʲinə vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvnə ˈtʲixənəvə]; née Putina born 31 August 1986) is the younger daughter of Vladimir Putin, an acrobatic dancer, and director of two initiatives at Moscow State University: the National Intellectual Development Foundation (NIDF) and the National Intellectual Reserve Centre (NIRC).
Born as Yekaterina Vladimirovna Putina in Dresden, Germany to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Shkrebneva. Tikhonova attended German School Moscow. She is the director of Innopraktika, a $1.7 billion development project to create a science center at Moscow State University. Innopraktika is competing with the Skolkovo Innovation Center and is referred to by Stanislav Belkovsky as being the "anti-Skolkovo". Tikhonova dropped the Putin surname and took the matronymic name of her maternal grandmother, Yekaterina Tikhonovna Shkrebneva, as her surname.
In 2013, Tikhonova married Kirill Shamalov, the son of Nikolay Shamalov a co-owner of Rossiya Bank. He is also vice-president of Sibur Holding, which is a Russian gas processing and petrochemicals company headquartered in Moscow. The Russian government holds 38 per cent of the shares of the gas company. At the time, the couple was estimated to hold assets worth around $2 billion. In January 2018, it was reported that Tikhonova and Shamalov had separated.
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