Putin's billionaire ex-son-in-law escapes sanctions for his birthday

Putin’s billionaire former son-in-law, 39, escapes sanctions misery in Russia to fly to Dubai to celebrate his 40th birthday with wealthy daughter of FSB general

  • Russia’s youngest billionaire has triggered a scandal by flying to Dubai 
  • Sanctioned Kirill Shamalov is also Vladimir Putin’s former son-in-law
  • His new partner is reported the daughter of a powerful secret services general

Russia’s youngest billionaire – who is also Vladimir Putin’s former son-in-law – has triggered a scandal by flying to Dubai with the wealthy daughter of an FSB general amid sanctions misery in Moscow.

Sanctioned Kirill Shamalov, who staged a lavish party for his 40th birthday in the UAE, was formerly married to Katerina Tikhonova, 35, the Russian president’s high-kicking ‘rock’n’roll’ dancing second daughter.

‘While everyone in the country is tightening their belts, and business and industry are entrusted with key roles in saving the economy, Vladimir Putin’s former son-in-law, billionaire shareholder of Sibur [petrochemicals giant] Kirill Shamalov, is burning his life,’ reported VChK-OGPU Telegram channel.

Kirill Shamalov, 39, ex-husband of Katerina Tikhonova, the alleged daughter of Vladimir Putin


Sanctioned Kirill Shamalov staged a lavish party for his 40th birthday in the UAE

His new partner is reported as Anastasia Zadorina, 33, (pictured) daughter of a powerful secret services general in the FSB, playing a key role in Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

Zadorina is the founder of her own haute couture brand anastaiAZadorina and the ZASPORT label

ZASPORT label is the official outfitter for the Russian Olympic team

 Shamalov is Russia’s youngest billionaire and also os Vladimir Putin’s former son-in-law

His new partner is reported as Anastasia Zadorina, 33, daughter of a powerful secret services general in the FSB, playing a key role in Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

She hosted his lavish 40th birthday party at the Burj Al Arab tower in Dubai, far from the sanctions gloom in Moscow, say reports.

The party was ‘only for the elite and was held in conditions of increased secrecy, given the current events in Ukraine’, explained the channel.

‘Along with Shamalov, guests were received by his new passion – FSB general’s daughter… Anastasia Zadorina.

‘Sources say there will be a wedding soon.’

Earlier Shamalov’s marriage to Katerina was seen to collapse when he started a relationship with London-based jet-setting investor Zhanna Volkova, 44.

This broke up in acrimony last year after they had sat out the height of the pandemic together, and divorce or annulment hearings were held in secret in Moscow.

A source close to the billionaire – the son of one of Putin’s oldest friends – said he had ‘loved Zhanna very much’ but had questioned her alleged bid to obtain British citizenship at a time when he was sanctioned by the West for his Kremlin links.

Zadorina is the founder of her own haute couture brand anastaiAZadorina and the ZASPORT label, official outfitter for the Russian Olympic team.

Zhanna Volkova, 44, (pictured) second wife of Kirill Shamalov, who was married to Katerina Tikhonova, alleged daughter of Vladimir Putin

Earlier Shamalov’s marriage to Katerina was seen to collapse when he started a relationship with London-based jet-setting investor Zhanna Volkova, 44


A source close to the billionaire – the son of one of Putin’s oldest friends – said he had ‘loved Zhanna very much’ but had questioned her alleged bid to obtain British citizenship at a time when he was sanctioned by the West for his Kremlin links

Nikolay Shamalov, 72, (pictured), a close friend of Vladimir Putin and the father of Kirill Shamalov, 39.

Colonel General Mikhail Shekin, 64, (pictured) father of Anastasia Zadorina, 33

Earlier she designed Russian patriotic propaganda T-shirts referring to Putin’s missiles labelled: ‘Topol is not afraid of sanctions’ and ‘Sanctions? Don’t make fun of my Iskanders.’

‘Kirill left for the UAE in the company of the FSB general’s daughter, the founder of the [Russian] Olympic brand, Anastasia Zadorina, a little less than a week ago,’ reported VChK-OGPU.

‘The couple rests and waits out the turbulent times on the beach in the mornings, and in the evenings in karaoke.’

Dubai is seen to have replaced London as the favoured bolthole for super-rich Russians as sanctions take hold.

Anastasia Zadorina, founder of Zasport clothing brand (right), wearing a T-shirt with a slogan written over it: ‘Sanctions? Don’t make my Iskanders laugh’

A woman wearing a T-shirt designed by Anastasia Zadorina with a slogan written over it: ‘Topol is not afraid of sanctions’

The playboy oligarch was also hit by a leak of videos before his Dubai trip – one showing him worse for wear in a car, and the other with a mystery woman.

Zadorina’s father is powerful Col-Gen Mikhail Shekin, in charge of supplying FSB agents with all equipment.

His daughter reportedly graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) – a training ground for future top diplomats and spies.

Shamalov’s father Nikolay Shamalov, 72, a Soviet-era dentist, and Putin were old dacha neighbours near St Petersburg in the 1990s.

He became rich after obtaining a share in Bank Rossiya, as did other Putin associates.

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, now jailed, had alleged Kirill became Russia’s youngest billionaire after a a ‘$380million wedding gift’ when he obtained a Sibur share for just $100.

Shamalov denied any wrongdoing.

When he wed Putin’s daughter, the pair were gifted a €4.5million Biarritz mansion and a property near Moscow where the renovation came to almost €8million, according to iStories investigative outlet leaked emails.

Tikhonova now spearheads a major new Russian artificial intelligence initiative, say reports.

She is deputy director of the Institute for Mathematical Research of Complex Systems at Moscow State University.

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