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The lavish lives of the ultra-rich girls in the Kremlin
Illustration photo by The Daily Beast / Vyacheslav Prokofyev / GettyMOSCOW – A new generation of elite Russian women with prominent fathers – including ministers, parliamentarians or senior Kremlin officials – run multi-million dollar businesses , enjoy a luxurious lifestyle and pose in sparkly photos for high fashion magazines and social media accounts with extensive following Privileges, leadership positions, low rate bank loans and big stakes in the companies fall on the girls of the Kremlin like a manna from the sky. They grow rich and prosperous, bringing welcome female faces to top jobs – and raising thorny questions along the way. Women do not often climb to the top of male-dominated political or business pyramids in Russia. Twice as many men as women start their own business. But relationships, especially close members of the ruling family, have skyrocketed Russian women into banking and corporate careers. Moscow Super-Rich Kickstart Post-COVID Party Season With a Transparent Nuns’ Hab and Claws Yekaterina Tikhonova, 34, and Maria Vorontsova, 36, two of the most mysterious women in Russian business and science, run projects with billion dollar budgets. A former acrobatic dancer, Tikhonova was only 28 when she took over a $ 1.5 billion project for the development of a science and technology park at Moscow State University. Vorontsova, an endocrinologist often referred to as “the first daughter” in Russian media, is said to be overseeing a genetic technology development program with a budget of over $ 1 billion. Last week, the youngest daughter of Russian Defense Minister, 30-year-old Ksenia Shoigu, decided to sell off her successful IT start-up that made more than $ 3 million last year. She launched the Sistema SmartTech venture capital fund in 2020. While Ksenia’s father Sergei Shoigu oversees one of the most powerful armies in the world, her daughter has led a surprisingly public lifestyle: she organizes events. sporting events, presents commercial projects and participates in a fashion shoot. after another. “I am the mother of all projects,” said Shoigu, wearing a French designer dress, in an interview. Most other Kremlin girls stay away from freelance journalists or public events. “The most girls are allowed to do is attend an annual ball hosted by Tatler magazine,” said Anna Mongait, a socialite and television presenter at The Daily Beast. Each year, the Russian elite presents their daughters – clad in furs, crazy – expensive ball gowns, and sometimes with fans in hand – at the annual Tatler Ball. Yelizoveta Peskova, the 17-year-old blonde daughter of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, made her debut at the 2015 annual ball. Leonela Manturova, 23, daughter of Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, a debuted in 2018. A year later, the granddaughter of a former prime minister, Anastasia Chernomyrdina, entered the market. Moscow has been chatting about the daughter of the Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Maria Shuvalova, since 2018, when the richest ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater launched her career and won solo parts in the largest theater in the country. Russian ballerinas consider the Bolshoi to be a cathedral of the arts – to appear on the Bolshoi stage is a great honor. Still, it’s hard to make a big fortune out of ballet: Typical salaries at the Bolshoi range between $ 500 and $ 2,500 per month. Vladimir Putin at the Bolshoi State Academic Theater in Moscow. ALEXEI DRUZHININ / AFP via Getty Images Maria’s father has not only been close to President Putin for two decades, but he has also played a role in overseeing Russia’s multibillion-dollar sovereign wealth fund. The Kremlin Ballerina owns stakes in a London-based company, Regional Property Developments Limited, as well as an elite property in Russia. She travels the world and posed on a yacht in Dubai for her Instagram account. According to an investigative report from news site Baza, the 18-year-old ballerina earned more than $ 20 million in 2018. See this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚢 𝚂𝚑𝚞𝚟.🐈⬛ (@ mary.marss) Ten years ago, Shuvalova’s father was known as one of the reforming voices of the liberal wing of Kremlin politicians, supporting investigations into corruption in state projects. But his latest statements are more vague. “Of course, we would love to have it,” Shuvalov said recently of democracy. “But that doesn’t happen overnight. It will take years of hard work. Needless to say, Russians have never heard Shuvalov’s daughter voice her ideas about corruption, environmental issues or human rights. While the daughters of Russia’s elite are surely proud of their influential parents, they are not encouraged to express themselves in politics. Their time is more often spent making money on Instagram ads, rather than chronicling political rallies or human rights abuses, like Alexandra Pelosi, the daughter of the Speaker of the House of States- United, Nancy Pelosi. Almost none of them write political columns, like Meghan McCain, or bestselling books on acute issues, like Katherine Schwarzenegger, daughter of former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. manage important positions and issues in business ventures, if not for the powerful relationships of their fathers, ”former MP Gennady Gudkov told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. “To stay rich and prosperous, they keep quiet: every girl fully understands that once she starts commenting on corruption or human rights, her father will be in the epicenter of a ruinous scandal.” There are exceptions. Socialite Ksenia Sobchak, known as “Putin’s goddaughter,” has built a business and entertainment empire over years of working show business, though her famous name has surely pushed her foot through. the door. She appears on the covers of major fashion magazines, poses nude during her pregnancy for Tatler, and leverages her social media giant for profit. The TV diva also attends fashion shows around the world and earns millions of dollars on TV projects and her catering business. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ксения Собчак (@xenia_sobchak) To everyone’s surprise, the socialite, whose father – the mayor of St. Petersburg – was once Putin’s boss, has joined the Russian opposition movement in 2011, despite police detentions and She recorded several videos addressed to Putin, whom she has known since childhood, confronting the country’s leader with scandalous corruption and political persecution carried out by the Kremlin law enforcement. “I have iron balls,” Sobchak told the Daily Beast in 2012, but the time of Sobchak’s resistance to the Kremlin is long gone. Political analysts say Sobchak’s decision to participate in the 2018 presidential elections was the Kremlin’s idea to distract public attention from more genuine opposition candidates. Only 1.6% of Russians voted for Sobchak. Since then her critical voice has fallen silent and her Instagram is once again buzzing with beach selfies. Putin’s alleged daughter joins chaos as Russia lashes out on Clubhouse To be fair, no small proportion of Russian men rose through the career ladder of Moscow in the footsteps of their powerful fathers. Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev is the son of Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev. Earlier this year, the son of Putin’s academic friend Victor Khmarin was appointed managing director of Russia’s main hydroelectric company, RusHydro. One of the Kremlin’s youngest daughters, Yelizoveta Peskova, said that she saw herself as a feminist, but not in a conflicting mold. She said, graphically, that she didn’t like “manly women who call to piss on the face of male opinion”. On April 25, a few days after the police came to the Alexei Navalny Anti-Corruption Foundation in Moscow and shut down his team’s operations, Peskova’s company opened a new pizzeria, Da Giovanni, in the same building of Omega Plaza business center. “None of the girls in the Kremlin are calling for the empowerment of women, tackling global warming, the plight of immigrants or the horrific problem of domestic violence,” Kagershin Sagiyeva told the Daily Beast an observer from the independent channel Rain TV. “We will only hear their voices if models of patriarchy and the power of men over women are truly addressed.” For more, check out The Daily Beast. Get our top stories delivered to your inbox every day. Register now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.