The United States’ latest round of sanctions on Russia includes two new targets: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two adult daughters, Katerina and Maria. The U.S. officials believe they are hiding Putin’s wealth. Katerina Vladimirovna Tikhonova is a tech executive whose work supports the Russian government and its defense industry. Maria Vladimirovna Vorontsova leads government-funded programs that have received billions of dollars from the Kremlin toward genetics research, and are personally overseen by Putin. Sanctions announced Wednesday also include the daughter and wife of Russian foreign affairs minister Sergei Lavrov.
“Putin and his oligarchs stow their dirty money in rule-of-law nations by purchasing mansions, mega-yachts, artwork, and other high-value assets,” U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse previously said. Putin’s daughters have never confirmed publicly the Russian leader is their father. While Putin has remained secretive about his personal and family life over the course of his presidency, he has mentioned his daughters on a few occasions. Russia denies intentionally attacking civilians and says images of bodies in Bucha north of Kyiv were staged to justify more sanctions against Moscow. However, the Russian troops who carried out the atrocities in the Ukrainian city of Bucha discussed the killing of civilians over the radio, according to Germany’s intelligence agency.