Children affiliated with the Kremlin grew up in the same countries whose societies their parents claim to disapprove

Meet the kids of the Kremlin

His parents are major real estate owners on the most exclusive avenues of the capitals of Europe. Her social media profiles are filled with designer dresses and red carpet events. A young woman posted photos of her 22nd birthday by the pool at Putin’s elite Adriatic Sea villa.

Meet the children of the Kremlin.

While their parents are publicly against the West, their children grow up in the same countries whose societies they claim to reject.

“This is clearly extreme hypocrisy,” said Daniel Treisman, a professor specializing in Russian politics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“They can’t even see a contradiction,” Trezmann said. “He believes it’s competition between the US and Russia, but why should this affect his daughter’s educational plans? Or where she has her chateau?”

Putin himself rebuked Russians who could “mentally” engage with the West in a speech last month, accusing them of thinking they are part of the “upper caste” and of aiming for a “collective West”. ” Dealing with: “The Destruction of Russia.”

“The Russian people will always be able to separate true patriots from scum and traitors and simply spit them out like spittle that has accidentally gone into their mouths,” Putin said.

The US recently banned Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, his wife and two adult children, saying they "Live a luxury lifestyle that is incompatible with Peskov's civil service salary."

One of the first families of alleged Russian corruption and hypocrisy is Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s deputy chief of staff and chief spokesman – a role that makes him Putin’s loudest megaphone, shunning the Russian president’s radical vitriol on an almost daily basis. does. against the West.

The United States recently approved Peskov, his wife, and two adult children (from two previous marriages), stating that the family had a “luxurious lifestyle that is incompatible with Peskov’s civil servant pay and possibly Peskov.” The connection of has been made on wrongly acquired assets. Putin.” at least two of their children were raised extensively Western Europe before returning to Moscow as adults.
While the US Treasury didn’t spell out the suspicious excesses, Peskov – who played his role for nearly a decade and reportedly earned $173,000 in 2020 – has been seen wearing a $600,000 designer watch and went on a honeymoon that cost nearly $ 430,000 were included. A weeklong yacht off the coast of Sardinia, according to an investigation by the Anti-Corruption Foundation set up by jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Based on property records, social media posts and a traffic violation database, the Anti-Corruption Foundation also revealed that Peskov’s wife, ex-wife and children owned luxury vehicles and A display of wealth in contrast to the nearly 20 million Russians living in poverty – multi-million dollar homes all over the world, including Russia and France.

Experts say the staggering, yet inexplicable wealth of such families in Putin’s world is based on a single concept: kleptocracy.

“A kleptocracy is simply a government ruled by thieves,” said Georgetown University professor Jodi Vettori, an expert on corruption and global policy, “where policies and decisions are made on behalf of those thieves.”

A complex web of shell companies, offshore banks and hidden transactions often obscure their funds, with accounts hidden inside each other, making it difficult to trace where the money is coming from.

The wealth accumulated by Russian radicals is often spent in Western economies.

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“They want to live in the West because the richest countries in the world are in the West. Amazing centers of culture are in the West,” Treisman said. “But other than that, Western countries have more secure legislation than Russia. So, if they are able to bring a lot of their money to the West, they may feel more secure.”

The hypocrisy of Russian officials and their families enjoying the generosity of the West has been an open secret in Russia for years. In 2016, a bill was introduced in the State Duma banning the education of minor children of most of Russia’s officials in foreign universities, claiming that domestic education would be the key to becoming a true patriot. The bill did not pass.

Peskov’s 24-year-old daughter from her second marriage, Elizaveta Peskova — whose fiery social media posts have often become the fodder of Russian and European tabloids — hasn’t shied away from the limelight or controversy, like she reportedly told a Russian TV The outlet that she feels is “better in the European environment” and called Russia’s education system. A “true hell.”

Recently, she contradicted her father’s public statements by posting “Not for War” on her Instagram stories, a slogan used by Russians protesting the war in Ukraine. post was screenshot and was shared by Russian outlet TV Ren, but was quickly taken down.

As a young child, Peskova reportedly attended the cole des Roches outside Paris – where annual tuition is about a quarter of her father’s salary and extracurricular activities include aviation classes.

Peskova continued her Paris education with an internship at Louis Vuitton and a marketing degree from a French business school. He also did an internship for the European Parliament.

Peskov's 24-year-old daughter, Elizaveta Peskova, grew up in Paris, where she has a multimillion-dollar apartment with her mother in one of the city's most expensive neighborhoods.  Peskova, seen here in Paris;  The Tuileries Gardens, in an Instagram post from 2019, describes his love for French cinema.
According to the Anti-Corruption Foundation, Peskova and her mother bought a nearly $2 million, 180-square-metre apartment in 2016 squeezed between the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, on Avenue Victor Hugo, one of Paris’ most expensive neighborhoods. and the succulent Bois de Boulogne. Nation World News has not confirmed the purchase.
Peskova’s extravagance in France is similar to that of her half-brother in Russia. A 2017 investigation by Navalny’s anti-corruption group found Nikolay Choles – Peskov’s eldest son who grew up in England , Traveled the world in private jets, owned major real estate in Moscow and ran his fleet of luxury vehicles through the city, racking up 116 traffic violations while reportedly jobless.

“It certainly represents at least a high degree of cynicism, if not outright hypocrisy,” said Georgetown professor Vettori.

Peskova called the sanctions and the notion that she was somehow making the war “totally unfair and baseless” and told Business Insider she was “upset” because the sanctions bar her from traveling. In a statement on Telegram, Peskova wrote that she is “proud” to be Russian and that it is “crazy” to take adult children and “especially a girl” for granted. “There is hardly a fair trial,” she said, “during such a witch hunt and a frenzied hatred of everything Russian.”

Peskova – when accessed by Nation World News, did not engage on the details of this story by the time of publication – is not the only child associated with the Kremlin who enjoys continental high society.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who "northwest"  In 2017 the world order sent her daughter to prestigious universities in London and New York.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who in 2017 called for a “post-West” world order, sent his daughter to prestigious universities in London and New York.

Even the daughter of Lavrov’s alleged girlfriend benefits from his influential position: he has built his own property on yachts, Austrian ski resorts and beachside villas of a wealthy elite, according to the Anti-Corruption Foundation. Posted pictures.
Polina Kovaleva – whom the UK government refers to as Lavrov’s “step-daughter” even though she is not officially married to her mother – is in London’s most expensive neighborhood, according to the recently imposed sanctions against her. One has a $5.8 million apartment.

The Anti-Corruption Foundation revealed that Kovaleva bought the Kensington apartment when she was 21. The flat is within walking distance of Imperial College, which he also attended.

Lavrov’s little visible daughter, Ekaterina Vinokurova, now 39 years old, attended Columbia University in New York, where she lived for 17 years before earning a bachelor’s degree at the London School of Economics. Both Kovaleva and Vinokurova were recently sanctioned by the United Kingdom.

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss wrote, “This sends a strong signal that those who benefit from the cooperation of those responsible for the Russian invasion are within the limits of our sanctions.” a news release Announcement of sanctions against Kovaleva.

The daughter of Lavrov's alleged girlfriend, Polina Kovaleva — pictured here at Oleg Deripaska's villa in Montenegro, according to the Anti-Corruption Foundation — appears to have benefited from Lavrov's ties to the Kremlin.

Putin himself is no exception to the hypocrisy of strict anti-Western rhetoric, taking advantage of what the West has to offer to family members or those close to him.

According to an investigation by Russian independent media outlet ProAct based on the so-called Pandora Papers, one of her alleged partners, who allegedly bore her a daughter, became the owner of a $4.1 million apartment in Monaco just weeks after the baby was born. Went.

His eldest daughter, Maria, reportedly married a Dutch businessman; The couple is said to have lived in a $3.3 million apartment in the Netherlands. eight bedroom villa Biarritz, France, attached to their younger daughter, Katerina – the multimillion-dollar mansion bought by her ex-husband, Kirill Shamalov from Putin’s longtime friend and billionaire Gennady Timchenko – was recently raided by activists and was offered as a safe house. Ukrainian refugees.

An informer holding an envelope.

Both Putin’s daughters were approved United Kingdom and United States last week.

Peskov called the new measures a “frantic tendency” by Washington to impose sanctions on Moscow. “Russia will respond without fail and will do as it sees fit,” he said.

It is rumored that Putin has more children from marriage than all who live in Western countries. The Kremlin has always denied these reports.

Despite his family members’ ties to the West, Putin recently took aim at other Russians with “villas in Miami or the French Riviera” who cannot do without foie gras, oysters or gender freedom, as they It’s called.

On 16 March Putin said the problem with such people is that they are “on their minds and not here with our people and Russia.”

Drew Griffin and Jeffrey Winter contributed to this report.