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article imagePutin’s daughter reportedly flees Netherlands home

By Martin Laine     Jul 27, 2014 in World
Faced with rising public anger over Russia’s role in the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s eldest daughter Maria and her Dutch boyfriend have apparently fled their penthouse apartment near Amsterdam.
“We have not seen her since the plane went down,” said an unidentified neighbor in an article in The Daily Mirror.
Maria, 29, and Jorrit Faasen, moved into the $3.3 million apartment in the Amsterdam suburb of Voorschoten last year. Faasen is an executive in a Russian consulting firm. In the past, he has been an executive for Gazprom, the state-owned energy company
Perhaps ironically, the apartment is just 20 miles from the airport from where Malaysian Air Flight MH17 took off 10 days ago and where the remains of the passengers have been returning in coffins over the past few days. Of the nearly 300 victims 193 were Dutch nationals.
“She moved in last year and it was all kept quiet for awhile. But once it became known who she was, certainly there was some disquiet. And now this has happened,” the neighbor said.
Once it became more widely known who she was, the threats and calls for her to be deported started showing up on social media. The couple’s whereabouts are unknown.
Little is known about Maria Putin and her younger sister Ekaterina. They have been raised under tight security and secrecy. Even now, Putin has denied that she ever lived in the Netherlands, insisting that she has been in Moscow this whole time.
Maria was born in April 1985 in St. Petersburg. She and her sister attended German-language schools, and the St. Petersburg State University where Maria majored in biology.
There are few photographs of them as adults, and this has caused some confusion. A few pictures of young women identified as Maria have been published recently, but according to the Russian embassy in London these are mistaken.
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