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Russia’s new sports council includes woman reported to be Putin’s daughter

At the joint meeting of the Council for the Development of Physical Fitness and Sport and the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee’s Supervisory Board. (Official Internet Resources of the President of Russia/Released)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

A woman believed to be Russian President Vladimir Putin’s daughter has been elected to a newly formed government council for the development of sport and exercise.

Katerina Tikhonova will be one of 28 members of the council led by Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets. Several media outlets have claimed over the years that Tikhonova is one of Putin’s two daughters.

Putin did not confirm nor deny Tikhonova was his daughter when asked by journalists during his annual press conference on December 19.

The new council will decide on ways to promote physical education and sports by various means including events, projects, and other initiatives, Vedomosti reported.

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Other members of the council include including Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov, Russian Railways General Director Oleg Belozerov and Ksenia Shoigu, the daughter of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.