One of the foundations managed by the alleged daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Yekaterina Tikhonova, was closed down, according to an extract from the Uniform State Register of Legal Entities (USRLE), as reported by Republic online media.
The foundation referenced is the Interdisciplinary Initiative Foundation in Natural Sciences and Humanities, in which Tikhonova was a co-founder. Information on its liquidation was included in the USRLE on 9 January 2018. "Interdisciplinary Initiatives" was registered at the end of 2012.
The organization had authorization for publishing activities, could act as an intermediary in financial and real estate transactions, and carry out scientific research.
There is no information regarding the financial statements of the Foundation in the database of the Russian Ministry of Justice. Financial statements also haven’t been provided to the Main Interregional Centre of the Federal Statistics Service. In August 2017 Semen Shevchenko, General Director of the Foundation stated that the legal entity has not operated from the moment of its registration. The Ministry of Justice noted that violations by the Foundation were documented, and if they are not eliminated, the Foundation would be penalized or liquidated.
Apart from this Foundation, Tikhonova is a co-founder of The National Intellectual Development Foundation, which operates together with the National Intellectual Reserve Centre of Moscow State University under the Innopraktika brand.
Republic has estimated that the Foundation signed over 40 state contracts in the amount of 1.1 billion rubles over the last five years.
Both Reuters and Bloomberg indicated that Tikhonova is Putin’s daughter, although Putin himself has neither confirmed nor denied it. In November 2017, the Vice President for Legal Affairs of the World Rock n Roll Confederation (WRRC), Manfred Mohab confirmed that Tikhonova is the younger daughter of the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin.
Later he denied his statement. "I can’t confirm things I don’t know," Mohab said. According to him, it was noisy in the room and he didn’t understand what journalists were asking him. "Sometimes I couldn’t even hear what I was saying. A normal conversation was impossible. Some things, maybe, I got wrong, but I definitely didn’t confirm things I don’t know," Mohab noted.