Maria Vorontsova: Putin's eldest daughter uses SECRET Telegram account to defend him

President Putin's eldest daughter from his first marriage is believed to run a secret social media account to rant against Ukraine, the West and gay rights


                            Maria Vorontsova: Putin's eldest daughter uses SECRET Telegram account to defend him
Maria Vorontsova (L) ran a secret Telegram account to defend father Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine (YouTube/Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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Vladimir Putin's eldest daughter Maria Vorontsova is believed to be behind a secret Telegram handle that posted in defense of her father's invasion of Ukraine and other controversial issues. With the user name 'Maria V', reports said that Vorontsova was running the Telegram account to create outrage among people against Ukraine, the West, George Soros, and gay rights.

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Vorontsova is Putin's eldest daughter from his first wife Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya. The Russian president's daughter is a leading researcher at the National Medical Research Center for Endocrinology of the Ministry of Health of Russia and an expert in rare genetic diseases in children.

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She counts herself as an alumnus of Moscow State University’s medical department. Earlier this year, Vorontsova was in news for splitting up from her Dutch businessman husband Jorit Faassen. In the latest instance, she reportedly uploaded several posts on the university alumni group through her Telegram account to instigate people.

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According to The Times, Dmitry Kolezev, editor-in-chief of Republic, an independent Russian media outlet, received the posts after they were posted on the channel to 170 graduates from the 2011 Moscow State University’s medical department of which Vorontsova is a part.

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Vladimir Putin is being defended by his daughter on her college's alumni group (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

The report was translated from Russian to English by Kolezev. Vorontsova said in the alumni group that "nobody in the West needs our country to be prosperous." "They've always done everything possible to ensure this doesn't happen. And they'll continue to do so. If suddenly, like almost happened in the 90s, Russia becomes a full-fledged raw-material appendage of the United States and EU, I’ll be interested to see whom you blame for the fact that we’re not living in a prosperous economy," she added. The screenshots of the chat can be seen here

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Kolezev made it clear in his report that he did "not have 100 percent confirmation" that it was Vorontsova who was running the account. However, he said that sources within the chat group told him it was her, and biographical details she shared on the site matches with what is known about her publicly.

Kolezev wrote in his article that her messages showed that she didn't "directly approve" of the war in Ukraine. But Kolezev said she in general backs the Kremlin narrative that Russia "is not an aggressor, but a victim, and is forced to defend itself."

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During the discussion of the Ukraine war, she referred to how the US also starts wars, and when the conversation turned to the personal responsibility of the president, she said: "What naivety. That's child's talk."

She further said, "Blaming everything and putting all responsibility on one person is the same as putting your faith in one person, like a tsar. Same cr*p. We are not like the Germans in the 1930s, rather like the ones whom they banished."

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"If suddenly, like almost happened in the 90s, Russia becomes a full-fledged raw-material appendage of the United States and EU, I'll be interested to see whom you blame for the fact that we're not living in a prosperous economy."

Voronstova's thoughts seem to echo that of her dad - whether it is on the invasion of Ukraine or gay rights. Putin has used several events to defend his invasion of Ukraine. On day 48 of the war, Putin held a press event at a spaceport in Russia's east stating that the invasion was necessary and "inevitable". He said that the aim of the war was to "help people" and "the goals are perfectly clear, they are noble."

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Putin was also seen defending the invasion during the military parade for 'Victory Day' marking the 77th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in World War 2 on May 9. He scolded the West for failing to roll back perceived NATO expansion and meet Russian demands for "security guarantees."

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"Russia called on the West for an honest dialogue, to search for reasonable, compromise solutions, to take into account each other's interests. All in vain. The NATO countries did not want to hear us, which means that in fact, they had completely different plans," Putin said.

Putin has also made statements with regard to gay rights and they have not been in favor of the LGBTQ community. He has said he will not legalize gay marriage and made clear that he would not allow the traditional notion of mother and father to be subverted by what he called “parent number 1” and “parent number 2.”

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During his years in power, Putin has also sought to distance Russia from liberal Western values, including attitudes toward homosexuality and gender fluidity.