The Russian oligarchs and politicians believe in the important battle between Russia and the West, but send their children to New York or London for better universities and also own beautiful houses in the most exclusive neighborhoods in Europe.

One of the most striking examples is Dmitri Peskov, press officer and right-hand man of Putin. Peskov’s children went to school in Western Europe, but Peskov himself also likes to go on holiday to the West. His honeymoon included a yacht cruise on the coast of Sardinia. Small detail: renting that yacht costs 400,000 euros per week.

“They want to live in the West because here are the richest cities and more luxurious,” Russia expert Treisman said in an interview with CNN. “In addition, preserving their capital is more certain in the West, because there are more laws here that protect their assets.”

Rebellious character

Peskov’s daughter, Elizaveta Peskova, caused controversy by telling a Russian TV channel that she feels much better in a European environment and that she finds Russian education a “true hell”. Most recently, she put her father in even more trouble by posting “no to war” on Instagram. After her education she also did an internship at the European Parliament, which was also not well received.

Elizaveta Peskova, daughter of Dmitri Peskov

Despite her rebellious character towards Russia, Elizaveta likes that there is enough capital to pay for her life in Europe. She bought an apartment worth 2 million euros in the center of Paris, between the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. And Elizaveta’s half-brother is also not inferior. He grew up in England and traveled the world in private planes.

“Witch Hunt”

Elizaveta calls the sanctions against herself “unjustified and unfounded”. She is also angry that the restrictions keep her from traveling. She told Telegram that she is proud to be Russian, but that sanctioning adult children of Putin supporters is crazy. She thinks there is no fair trial and that it resembles a witch hunt and hatred for anything Russian.

Elizaveta is not the only descendant of a Russian millionaire who likes to stay in Europe. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who in 2017 called for a world without the West, also had his daughter study at prestigious universities in London and New York. Lavrov’s stepdaughter, Polina Kovaleva, also owns a house in London worth more than 5 million euros and goes to school there.

Polina Kovaleva, stepdaughter of Sergei Lavrov, on Instagram

“Lost to luxury”

Putin himself is no exception to the rule. Putin’s oldest girl likewise resides in a house worth 3 million euros in the Netherlands and his most youthful little girl has an open eight-room manor in France. The US and UK have now imposed sanctions on both Putin’s daughters.

Although his own relatives live in Western Europe, Putin nevertheless comments on Russians abroad, saying they have “lost the luxury and are no longer thinking about the people of Russia”.

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