Putin’s daughter is expected to help increase Russian influence in Africa

Russian President Vladimir Putin is using his daughter’s knowledge to increase his influence in Africa.

According to Bloomberg, President Vladimir Putin’s youngest daughter, Katerina Tikhonova, is supporting Russia’s efforts to strengthen strong ties with Africa by offering digital expertise.

Russia competes for influence on the continent with the US, China and the EU. Moscow is strengthening ties with Africa by offering digital expertise in a plan that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s youngest daughter is helping to implement.

African specialists will come to Moscow

About 30 African officials have received invitations to Moscow next month to meet with investors and Russian IT specialists who provide digital services aimed at improving governance. Putin’s youngest daughter, Katerina Tikhonova, heads the Innopraktika Center, which is affiliated with the National Foundation for Intellectual Development and supports the project.

Bloomberg notes that Putin’s influence in Africa is growing as the Kremlin seeks to strengthen ties with countries in the South to offset the impact of European and US sanctions over Russia’s war in Ukraine. “By advancing its digital expertise in areas from cybersecurity to public services and electronic voting, Russia can gain an advantage in the battle for influence on the continent with China, the US and the European Union,” we read.

The dictator’s daughter

Tikhonova is a scientist, manager and former acrobatic dancer. He heads the Moscow initiative for the development of Innopraktika, and is also deputy director of the Institute for Research in Mathematical Complex Systems at Moscow State University. In 2022, she became co-chair of the Coordination Council of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

In April 2022, the 37-year-old was placed under sanctions by the United States as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Shortly afterwards, Great Britain and the European Union took the same step.

Source: Do Rzeczy