Irony alert: Putin daughter said to live in Netherlands


Russian President Vladimir Putin (EPA/Mikhail Klimentyev/ Ria Novosti / Kremlin pool)

In the wake of the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine last week, a mayor in the Netherlands on Wednesday called for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 29-year-old daughter to be deported from the country, where she is said to live with her Dutch boyfriend, the Guardian newspaper reported.

More than half of the 298 people aboard the downed jetliner were Dutch.

The mayor later apologized, saying his suggestion for the deportation of Maria Putin, who lives in Voorschoten, a suburb of The Hague, was “not wise.” Ukrainians living in Holland are also reported to be calling for a protest outside her apartment.

The Dutch press reported in April 2013 that Maria Putin lived in the Netherlands, according to the Kavkaz Center,Chechen news Web site, citing Dutch newspapers. The Web site also cited reports that Putin visited his daughter at that time and went shopping at a local mall. 

 

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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