There isn’t much photographic evidence of VVP’s family… this is about it… he’s kept them so well out of the limelight that they can walk unrecognised in the streets of Moscow… that’s real humility (unlike the phoney American Sectarian variety). After all, he said, “There are things, I believe, which should not, in my position, at least, be shared with the public at large for everybody’s consumption because that would look like self-advertising or a political striptease”. Now, THAT’S a REAL Orthodox Christian!
There’s been a lot of search activity on “Yekaterina Putina”… here’s the best insider dope that I was able to find… I aims to please, kids…
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s younger daughter Yekaterina Putina (Katya), 24, is confirmed to be dating an employee of Samsung Electronics. Samsung officials said that he is a 26-year-old named Yoon who has been working at a local subsidiary of the Korean electronics giant in Moscow since he finished his study at University of Illinois last August. The ethnic Korean community in Russia has known for years that Katya and Yoon were dating. The couple had been friends since middle school days and has developed to dating relations since several years ago. Domestic media reported their dating around 2006. However, their friends and relatives have been mum about their date in consideration of Yoon’s position. It’s too sensitive to predict the male and female relationship. Furthermore, the relationship could affect political life of Prime Minister Putin, Katya’s father. Putin has two daughters, the elder of whom has married a Dutch youth, not a Russian. If the second daughter marries a Korean, her father might suffer severe political pressure, according to Yoon’s relatives and friends. Actually, Yoon’s parents and friends of the younger Yoon are reported to have been seriously embarrassed with the reports in South Korea, although they have not even been engaged. Yoon, the youngest son of former Admiral Yoon Jong-gu, 64, whose mother is a college professor, has been praised as an honest figure in the Russian society. Yoon attended an international school in Moscow for eight years when his father served at the Korean Embassy in the Russian capital from 1999. Later, Yoon studied at the University of Urbana-Champaign, with a double major in international studies (including international laws and international security) and politics. Yoon got a job at the local subsidiary of Samsung Electronics in Moscow, after returning from studying in the USA in August. In particular, Yoon likes basketball and dances well enough to outshine “B-Boy”. Actually, Yoon is reported to have met Katya for the first time at the age of 15 around July 1999, when he was crowned the champion at a dance party at an international school in Moscow. Yoon and Katya, who is fluent in five languages, are reported to have dated in Russia, the USA and Korea. While studying in Illinois, Yoon went to Russia in an exchange visit program and Katya is reported to have studied in the USA. Katya is also reported to have dated Yoon in South Korea in 2002, when the Korea-Japan World Cup soccer championship was held.
29 October 2010
The Korea Times