The Instagram account of a teenager, 17, thought to be the love child of Vladimir Putin has been unearthed for the first time by the president’s rival, Alexei Navalny.
Images show Elizaveta – known as Luiza – donning a Chanel face covering and living a life of luxury with a passion for designer brands including YSL, Bottega Veneta, Miu Miu, Tom Ford and Dolce & Gabbana.
Her mother Svetlana Krivonogikh, 45, is a housekeeper-turned-millionaire who began an affair with Putin in the late Nineties, while she was a cleaner and he was the married head of the FSB, before splitting up sometime in the early 2000s, after Yelizaveta was born, according to a report in Russian investigative site Proekt.
Krivonogikh is thought to have come into ownership of valuable stock options, including a majority stake in the Igora Ski Resort, 70 miles north of St Petersburg, which is a favourite haunt of Putin’s, and another majority stake in the Leningrad Center performance venue.
It comes as Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny accused Vladimir Putin of using state cash to fund his secret mistresses in a new video issued after his arrest in Moscow.
Miss Krivonogikh is said to have worked as a cleaner in a shop as a teenager before going to university.
She would accompany Putin on journeys in the late 1990s when she was in her 20s. The economics graduate is now said to have £8million of shares in Bank Rossiya, having suddenly come into money in 2000.
Her daughter Luiza’s Instagram account was unearthed by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, according to a report in The Sun.
Posts on her account show taste in luxurious brands including YSL, Bottega Veneta, Miu Miu, Tom Ford, Chanel, and Dolce & Gabbana.
Other images taken by Luiza show a tray of champagne and cocktails as she enjoys a life of luxury amid the coronavirus pandemic.
It comes as Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny accused Vladimir Putin of using state cash to fund his secret mistresses.
Navalny, 44, claimed that the Russian leader – who he labels the world’s richest man – uses a ‘slush fund’ to cover the expenses of his other women and their families including his 17-year-old love child.
He has also claimed that Putin has a £1billion palace on the Black Sea with a red velvet pole-dancing boudoir and a casino.
The opposition leader – who was allegedly poisoned by a chemical nerve agent planted by an FSB hit squad – makes the allegations in a new video issued after his arrest in Moscow.
This comprises alleged partner Alina Kabaeva, a former gold-medal winning Olympic gymnast, and ex-mistress Svetlana Krivonogikh, who is reportedly the mother of his love child, Elizaveta now aged 17, he alleged.
The lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner claimed: ‘Putin – as befits a person who imagines himself a monarch – has a rich and eventful personal life.’
‘The needs of our humble president are not at all limited to the Black Sea palace,’ said Navalny in a video report prepared before he flew back to Moscow and faced immediate arrest on Sunday.
‘What about the relatives?
‘You do not expect that they, like some ordinary people, will live on a salary? Everyone needs a place to live. Everyone needs a plane. Everyone needs a yacht.
‘All this must be paid for. This means that we need a financial scheme and people who will fill this scheme with money.
‘This slush fund….is used by Putin in order to cover the expenses of family members.’
Former cleaner Krivonogikh, 45, ‘was just a pretty young girl, but now she has turned into an incredibly rich woman, a shareholder of Rossiya Bank.
‘No-one can understand how such happiness fell on Krivonogikh, who once worked as a cleaner.
‘Here’s the answer.
‘Krivonogikh met Putin in the late 1990s, and in 2003, according to Proekt (media), she gave birth to his daughter Elizaveta.’
She then received a number of luxury apartments via oligarch friends of Putin, said Navalny.
‘After Krivonogikh gave birth to Putin’s child, a bunch of assets – including a 3 per cent stake in Rossiya Bank – were registered for her’ – as was a yacht, the 118-ft yacht Aldoga.
‘There can be no random women in this scheme,’ he alleged.