Putin’s el­der daugh­ter: A spe­cial­ist in bio­med­i­cal science

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

LON­DON/MOSCOW: Vladimir Putin’s el­der daugh­ter, Maria, has kept out of the spot­light even more than her sis­ter. Reuters was un­able to find any re­cent, con­firmed pho­to­graphs of Maria. Born on Apr 28, 1985, Maria stud­ied bi­ol­ogy at St Peters­burg University and medicine at Moscow State University. Ac­cord­ing to Rus­sian and West­ern me­dia re­ports, she mar­ried a Dutch busi­ness­man called Jor­rit Joost Faassen. Some re­ports claimed she lived in the Nether­lands for a while, but this could not be con­firmed.

Ear­lier this year, Putin said both his daugh­ters were liv­ing in Moscow, but gave no fur­ther de­tails. Maria now uses the sur­name Faassen, and un­der that name she is pur­su­ing a bio­med­i­cal ca­reer spe­cial­iz­ing in the en­docrine sys­tem, which con­trols the body’s hor­mones, ac­cord­ing to aca­demic list­ings and pub­li­ca­tions. On the web­site of Istina, a di­rec­tory of schol­ars and their work at Moscow State University, she is listed as co-au­thor of five stud­ies pub­lished in the past two years, with ti­tles in­clud­ing “The sta­tus of blood an­tiox­i­dant sys­tem in pa­tients with ac­tive acromegaly.”

She is also the co-au­thor of a book about “Id­io­pathic stunt­ing” in chil­dren, pub­lished ear­lier this year by Lam­bert Aca­demic Pub­lish­ing. Maria is a PhD can­di­date at the En­docrinol­ogy Re­search Cen­tre in Moscow, which runs a char­ity project, Alfa-Endo, that helps chil­dren af­fected by en­docrine ail­ments. The project’s web­site in­cludes a pre­sen­ta­tion by Maria. Maria told Reuters in an email that re­quests for in­for­ma­tion about the cen­tre should be di­rected to its lead­er­ship. She did not re­spond to ques­tions about when she was mar­ried or whether her fa­ther’s po­si­tion had af­fected her ca­reer.

Alfa-Endo is funded by Alfa Bank, a large Rus­sian bank with sub­sidiaries in the United States, Bri­tain and Cyprus. The largest share­holder is Mikhail Frid­man, a bil­lion­aire with in­ter­ests in bank­ing, en­ergy and tele­coms. An of­fi­cial at the bank said: “Alfa Bank, and broadly speak­ing Alfa Group, act as fi­nan­cial spon­sors for the project and that’s it ... We are not aware who else is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the project oth­er­wise.” Maria’s hus­band used to work for Gazprom­bank, a large lender with strong links to the elite around Putin. And un­til at least Au­gust this year, Jor­rit Joost Faassen was listed on the web­site of MEF Au­dit, a Rus­sian con­sult­ing group, as its deputy chair­man. He no longer ap­pears on the web­site and did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment. — Reuters

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