Munich fired ballet chief ‘for sleeping with Putin’s daughter’

Munich fired ballet chief ‘for sleeping with Putin’s daughter’


norman lebrecht

May 19, 2022

A Russian monitoring site, OCCRP, reports that the former ballet director of Bavarian State Opera, Igor Zelensky, is in a longterm relationship with Katerina Tikhonova, younger daughter of Vladimir Putin.

OCCRP reports that they have a child together. Tikhonova was previously married to a Putin crony, Kirill Shamalov.

Zelensky quit Munich in March ‘for family reasons.’ The Bavaria State Opera chef Serge Dorny was quoted today as saying: ‘We spoke to him several times and I made him conclude that he should leave the opera. He did not take such a decision alone.’

The German press are now camped on his ex-wife’s doorstep.


  • JS says:

    This guy was – just like Gregiev or Netrebko – Putin’s official representative during his election campaign. Regardless of who he was sleeping with, he is closely related to Putin – although for many, as I see it, this is not a problem. As long as it’s not them who are murdered, but some Ukrainians, why bother?

    • Patriot says:

      It’s quite surprising how Hunter Biden’s sexual escapades were brushed under the rug and here this is news about a genuine healthy relationship.

  • torches and pitchforks says:

    So many truths appearing these days:

  • Taras Bulba says:

    Just imagine the conversation around the dinner table at Christmas…

  • M2N2K says:

    His last name should protect him. Except in Russia.

  • mary says:

    I wonder how many men sleep with Putin’s daughters to get close to the father.

  • mary says:

    Well, Putin could hardly have a son-in-law named…Zelensky!

  • Sisko24 says:

    If she had kept her maiden(?) name, a possible headline for this piece would’ve gotten a google clicks, “Putin and Zelensky had a child together.” (Film at 11?)

  • Brettermeier says:

    “[Zelensky] […] sleep[s] with Putin’s daughter”

    It would be funny if it weren’t horrible.

  • MPMcGrath says:

    Bozhe moy! Sleeping with the devil’s seed! Though what L’il Offspring Putin has to do with the Evil Empire apart from the coincidence of birth – does Serge Dorny really know?

  • Bloom says:

    Amante de la Puta.

  • Rob says:

    If Putin is still interested in sex, there could be a ménage à trois with Sergey Lavrov acting as lookout. Gergiev can bring his toothpick along.