Vladimir Putin’s elder daughter, Maria Vorontsova, gave a rare interview in which she described Russia as a “people-centric state.”
Although the quote concerned scientific research, it quickly circulated in Western media in the context of the war in Ukraine.
Russian investigative website Agentstvo noted that the 42-minute interview with Vorontsova is being widely promoted on the Russian social network Vkontakte, where it has almost 225,000 views. It was posted on YouTube two days ago. Vorontsova spoke to Medtech.Mocsow, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Moscow mayor’s office.
38-year-old Maria Vorontsova is the elder of Vladimir Putin’s two daughters. He holds a doctorate in medical sciences. She is an endocrinologist, i.e. a doctor dealing with hormonal disorders.
Interview with Putin’s daughter. She talked about the value of life
– For us, the value of human life is the highest value – said Putin’s daughter. In the context of new technologies, she said that they should be developed regardless of high costs, because Russia “is a human-centered society.” Foreign media note that these words sound at least absurd in the context of the Russian war in Ukraine. “She didn’t mention her father or the war,” Spiegel noted, writing of the “bizarre interview.”
During the conversation, the doctor also talked about global advances in medicine and shared details about her literary, musical and sports interests. She said she really liked Pushkin and his “Eugene Onegin.”
Among her favorite books, Vorontsova mentioned “The Idiot” by Dostoyevsky, “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, “Notes from the Bedside” by the Japanese writer Sei Shonagon, and “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.
The interviewer and CEO of Medtech.Moscow, Vyacheslav Shulenin, did not mention Vorontsova’s relationship with Putin during the interview. Putin never publicly recognized Vorontsova and her younger sister Katerina Tikhonova as his daughters, while the Kremlin kept details of their lives a closely guarded secret.
Agentstvo reports that Shulenin served in the Moscow mayor’s office from 2013 to 2017, and his last position was “first deputy chief of staff.”