Socialite wife of Russian oligarch claims billionaire is hiding daughter in Moscow

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‘Putin’s ex-son-in-law stole our baby’: Socialite wife of Russian oligarch makes stunning claim that billionaire is hiding daughter in Moscow

  • A London-based socialite said her husband stole their newborn daughter
  • Zhanna Volkova says she was prevented from meeting the baby
  • She is a celebrity married to Russia’s “youngest billionaire”, Kirill Shamalov,
  • Shamalov, whose marriage to Putin’s youngest daughter, Katerina Tikhonova, ended in 2013, is said to remain close to the president

A London-based socialite has made the astonishing claim that her husband, Vladimir Putin’s former son-in-law, stole their newborn daughter and is hiding her in Moscow.

Zhanna Volkova, a Russian celebrity married to the country’s “youngest billionaire”, Kirill Shamalov, says she was prevented from meeting the baby, who was born via surrogate in October.

Ms Volkova claims an associate of her now estranged husband warned her against attempting to see the child.

Shamalov, whose marriage to Putin’s youngest daughter, Katerina Tikhonova, ended in 2013, is believed to remain close to the president.

Ms Volkova and Shamalov got married in 2018 and started trying for a child. After several failed IVF cycles, they hired a surrogate through a Moscow-based agency.

A London-based socialite has made the astonishing claim that her husband, Vladimir Putin’s former son-in-law, stole their newborn daughter and is hiding her in Moscow. Zhanna Volkova (pictured), a Russian celebrity married to the country’s ‘youngest billionaire’, Kirill Shamalov, said she was prevented from meeting the baby, who was born via surrogate in October.

With the pregnancy nearing its final stage, the relationship with Shamalov (left) broke down and Ms Volkova left for London.  She claims she was then barred from surrogacy.

With the pregnancy nearing its final stage, the relationship with Shamalov (left) broke down and Ms Volkova left for London. She claims she was then barred from surrogacy.

As the pregnancy approached its final stage, the relationship with Shamalov broke down, and Mrs. Volkova left for London. She claims she was then barred from surrogacy.

The Moscow agency later informed her that she no longer had contact with the surrogate mother carrying her child. “I was stuck in London with Covid,” she said. “As soon as I could, I flew to Moscow.

She went to the large house they shared on the outskirts of town. “I waited for him for three days,” she said. Finally, he returned home. “He told me he had a new girlfriend but he didn’t want a divorce. He wanted to hurt me.

Ms Volkova, 44, said Shamalov’s lawyers demanded that she give up her right to see the baby. She refused.

She says she got scared and took the first flight out of Moscow. “I heard he called her Anna, although we agreed on Elizabeth after the Queen. The Russian police don’t want to know, so I’m opening the case here in London.

Ms Volkova was told Shamalov was in a relationship with fashion designer Anastasia Zadorina, daughter of a top FSB general.

Last week, Ms Zadorina was in Dubai at Shamalov’s 40th birthday party.

Shamalov, whose marriage to Putin's youngest daughter, Katerina Tikhonova, ended in 2013, is said to remain close to the president

Shamalov, whose marriage to Putin’s youngest daughter, Katerina Tikhonova, ended in 2013, is said to remain close to the president

Ms Volkova now lives in London with her twin sister and a teenage son from a previous marriage.

She is divorcing Shamalov and has a prenup agreement worth £45m.

She only has a 3D scan of her child.

‘I live with this little image. I want her to know that she has a mother who didn’t run away from her. He can keep the £45million. I just want to see her.

Shamalov did not respond to requests for comment.

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