THE glamorous dancer’s daughter of Vladimir Putin’s cronies has become Russia’s youngest billionaire.
Varvara Skoch, 21, owns an intriguing fortune of £2billion and is already the target of sanctions in the UK, US and Ukraine for her sordid links to the Russian tyrant.
The blonde beauty is one of 10 children of Russian mining and metals mogul Andrei Skoch – a staunch Putin supporter who represents the Belgorod region bordering Ukraine.
Her father, 57, is himself worth over £6billion and was sanctioned by the US in 2018 for “longstanding ties to Russian organized crime groups”.
His daughter is instrumental in his business and has long lived in the company of Russia’s highest elite.
Pictures show a life of extraordinary wealth and time spent with her alleged partner – the son of Putin’s richest minister – at extravagant parties or on luxury trips abroad.
Her sweetheart Evgeny Manturov, 25, is the son of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov, 54, who plays a key role in the administration of Ukraine’s occupied territories.
The couple has enjoyed skiing and skating in Switzerland and beach vacations in the Seychelles.
According to Moscow sources, she has been a ballroom dancer since childhood, while playing a key role in the family business.
In March, she and her dance partner were dubbed “rising stars” in international Latin dance by the Crystal Ball 2023 jury.
Vavaria reportedly holds both Cypriot and Russian passports and has close ties to London, where she owns a sprawling mansion in St John’s Wood.
Vavaria is one of only seven female billionaires in Russia.
So far, there have never been more than three women on the Russian list of the rich.
Forbes Russia reported: “Interestingly, four out of seven [women] Billionaires are newcomers to the ranking.
“This is due to the fact that in 2022, due to sanctions pressures, Russian billionaires…began to reduce their stakes in assets and transfer them to relatives (or hired managers).”
She is said to have held a significant 15 per cent stake in the company of former Arsenal FC shareholder and business partner of her father Alisher Usmanov since she was 18.
Ukraine claims that its company, USM Holding, is supporting Putin’s invasion of Ukraine by collaborating with “critical military-industrial facilities and other industrial facilities of the Russian Federation.”
As such, it “facilitates terrorist activity and occupation of the territory of Ukraine.”
The UK also froze its assets after accusing it of “acting on behalf of or at the direction of any person”. [her father] involved in destabilizing Ukraine or undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty or independence of Ukraine”.
It comes when a Russian colonel was blown up in a drone attack while mowing his lawn – a humiliating blow to Putin.
Police Lt. Col. Alexei Chernykh was gardening at his country home in Shchetinovka, Russia, just 300 meters from the border with Ukraine, when he was reportedly killed.
Meanwhile, Vlad’s henchmen flanked the gates of a St Petersburg cemetery today as Wagner Group warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin was buried in a “private ceremony”.
In the first post on its official Telegram channel in more than two months, the Wagner Group confirmed that its leader – who died in a plane crash last week – had said his last goodbye.