• Vladimir Putin reportedly has a 31-year-old daughter named Katerina Tikhonova who is a dancer and a scientist.
  • Tikhonova's dance colleague told Reuters in an interview that he knew Tikhonova was Putin's daughter.
  • Rumors of Putin's third daughter have been swirling around for years, but have never been publicly substantiated.
  • A Russian journalist reported on Tikhonova in 2015, but his article has since mysteriously vanished from the internet.

Vladimir Putin has a 31-year-old daughter named who is a dancer and a scientist, according to one of her dance colleagues who confirmed the rumors on Sunday before backpeddling on his statements.

Rumors of Putin's third daughter have been swirling around for years, but have never been publicly substantiated.

Russian journalist Oleg Kashin said he had discovered a secret daughter of President Vladimir Putin's in a 2015 news article titled "She" (or Она in Russian). In the article, Kashin wrote he believes that two Russian women who share the same name are actually the same person: Katerina Putin.

The article has since been taken down.

Kashin connected an acrobatic dancer by the name of Katerina Tikhonova with a scientist and director of the company " that had been leading the expansion of Moscow State University.

The piece stated the whereabouts of Tikhonova the dancer were uncertain — Kashin reported she was born in 1986 —

dancer and scientist through the fact that Tikhonova the scientist is also the vice president of Acrobatic Rock 'N' Roll.

"I do not know who that is," the press spokesman for Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, said of Tikhonova to Forbes Russia in 2015. "

And here's scientist at the Acrobatic Rock 'N' Roll: