Unveiling the Shadows: The Sanctions on Putin’s Daughters and the Quest for Accountability

Christian Baghai
3 min readFeb 27, 2024

In the intricate web of international politics, where the personal often intertwines with the political, the recent sanctions imposed on the daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin have cast a spotlight on the often unseen influence of family ties in global affairs. Mariya Putina and Katerina Tikhonova, who have long been shielded from the public eye, find themselves at the center of a geopolitical storm that seeks to hold their father accountable for his actions in Ukraine.

The Hidden Lives of Putin’s Daughters

Mariya and Katerina, the progeny of Putin’s marriage to former Aeroflot cabin crew member Lyudmila Putina, have been enigmatic figures. Their lives have been kept so private that the Russian public remains largely unaware of their appearances or their roles within the country. This secrecy has been maintained with such rigor that the Kremlin has only ever identified them by their first names.

The Sanctions: A Strategic Move

The sanctions, which include freezing any assets the daughters might have in the U.S., were announced as part of a broader response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine. This move is not just a punitive measure but a strategic one, aimed at pressuring Putin by targeting his family members