Why is Putin's 'Love Child' Following Navalny on Instagram?

Published January 25th, 2021 - 10:50 GMT
President of Russia Vladimir Putin (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
President of Russia Vladimir Putin (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
Elizaveta, known as Luiza, is alleged daughter of Putin and Svetlana Krivonogikh.

Vladimir Putin's alleged love child is following Alexei Navalny on Instagram where she faces regular trolling over her father.

Elizaveta, known as Luiza, is the daughter of cleaner-turned-millionaire Svetlana Krivonogikh, 45, who reportedly had an affair with the Kremlin leader in the late 1990s.

The 17-year-old, who boasts 91,000 followers on Instagram, featured in a video shared by jailed opposition leader Navalny last week in which he exposed Putin's 'corruption'.

He included a clip of Luiza dancing with a British-educated male friend.

She replied complaining that the clip was too short, saying she was 'only given a minute', before posting another video. 

But Luiza is still following Navalny on the social media platform despite the prominent Putin critic being jailed, which sparked mass protests in Russia this weekend.

European Union foreign ministers are debating the 27-nation bloc's response to his arrest on Monday.

The 44-year-old politician was recently poisoned with chemical nerve agent Novichok allegedly by a hit squad from the FSB secret service. 

Navalny has said his aim is to topple Putin, 68, and for years has made disclosures of alleged corruption in ruling circles.

Thousands supporting Navalny were arrested this weekend in what have been described as the biggest demonstrations since Putin came to power more than two decades ago.

St Petersburg-educated student Luiza was quizzed on Instagram: 'Are you not ashamed of your father?'

Another wrote: 'What do you say in school when they ask you who is your father?'

But she has hit back at online 'haters' as she continues to flaunt her lavish lifestyle.

She has faced comments on the £1billion Black Sea palace that Navalny claims is Putin's bolthole from the Kremlin, with a pole-dancing hookah room, a casino and its own vineyard.

She was asked: 'Do they produce Novichok in the same vineyard?'

Other comments on her page include: 'Your mommy gave birth to you to ensure a comfortable life for herself.

'Don't be delusional and think that you were wanted. You are just a tool with the help of which your mom got what she wanted.'

Another comment read: 'What is it like to be born with Putin's face?'

She did not respond to messages urging her to take part in the massive weekend protests against Putin.

She also ignored a question asking whether she referred to Putin's current alleged partner, Olympic gymnast Alina Kabaeva, 37, as 'aunt'.

She was asked: 'How do you call Alina Kabaeva, just 'Aunt Alina'?'

Her social media shows her wearing a Gucci face mask, and with a Bottega Veneta bag, and YSL gloves.

Andrey Zakharov, the journalist to first unmask the alleged secret Putin daughter and her mother, said: 'When I was writing about Putin's third daughter, I thought that she would delete her Instagram.

'She ended up signing up to Navalny.'

Neither the Kremlin or Luiza or her mother has confirmed she is Putin's daughter.

It comes as Russia faces growing condemnation from European leaders over their handling of Navalny.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday: 'This wave of detention is something that worries us a lot, as well as the detention of Mr Navalny.'

More than 3,500 people were reportedly taken into custody during the nationwide protests.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that 'under the Russian constitution, everyone in Russia has the right to express their opinion and to demonstrate. That must be possible. The principles of the rule of law must apply there, too - Russia has always committed itself to that.'

He and other ministers called for the immediate release of the protesters. 

In October, the EU imposed sanctions on six Russian officials and a state research institute over Navalny's poisoning, but there is little appetite to take new measures immediately. Borrell, the EU's top diplomat, is also planning a trip to Moscow and it's unclear what impact events will have on that visit.

On Sunday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed concern about what he called Russia's 'authoritarian drift. He told France-Inter radio that 'all light must be shed' on Navalny's poisoning. 'This was an assassination attempt,' Le Drian said.

The protests attracted thousands of people in major Russian cities, including an estimated 15,000 in Moscow. 

As they unfolded, the US embassy spokeswoman in the city, Rebecca Ross, said on Twitter that the United States 'supports the right of all people to peaceful protest, freedom of expression. Steps being taken by Russian authorities are suppressing those rights.'

The embassy also tweeted a State Department statement calling for Navalny's release.

Putin's spokesman said the statements interfered in the country's domestic affairs and encouraged Russians to break the law.  

This article has been adapted from its original source.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd.

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