Putin's Daughter Criticizes Healthcare Laws Imposed Under Father's Regime
Maria Vorontsova, the eldest daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has publicly criticized the healthcare system and patient care laws established under her father's leadership. Her comments, which surfaced during a genetics conference in Moscow, have brought unexpected scrutiny to Putin's governance.
Vorontsova, who is a respected figure in Russia's medical community and serves on the board of the Moscow Society of Medical Genetics, expressed her disapproval of the patient care laws at the conference. She described the regulations as "crude" and lamented that patients are often burdened with paperwork they do not fully understand. Her critique is particularly significant as it directly challenges policies implemented during Putin’s tenure.
Her recent remarks are not the only instance of Vorontsova's strained relationship with her father's administration. Previously, she was reportedly barred from leaving Russia amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, raising questions about her standing within the Kremlin's inner circles.
Despite her high-profile position, Vorontsova has historically maintained a low public profile, in line with the Kremlin's guarded approach to Putin's family life. Her public criticisms come at a time when her father faces various challenges, both domestically and internationally.
Moreover, rumors have circulated about Putin's health and the potential for a successor. Vorontsova's younger sister, Katerina Tikhonova, was also reportedly in discussions to become a figurehead in Russian politics, further highlighting the complex dynamics within the President's family.
The international community has imposed sanctions on both Vorontsova and Tikhonova in response to Russia's military actions in Ukraine. The EU noted Vorontsova's involvement in Nomenko, a company engaged in Russia's significant private investment in healthcare, suggesting she benefits from and contributes to the government's revenue in this sector.
The developments surrounding Putin's daughters, particularly Vorontsova's recent statements, add a new layer to the narrative about Putin’s regime. They reveal internal dissent and the complexities within one of the world’s most scrutinized political families.