Maria Putin, daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly fled her Dutch penthouse apartment as anger grows in that country over the MH17 disaster.
She has been living with a Dutch boyfriend in the Netherlands since last year without incident and her residence in the country was largely unknown. But that all changed when a Ukrainian website published her address.
The Netherlands is reeling from the loss of 193 citizens in the MH17 tragedy which has been widely blamed on pro-Russian rebels and anger directed at Mr Putin who many believe is ultimately to blame for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane.
Outrage over Maria Putin’s presence in the grief-stricken country got so out of control there were even calls for her deportation, The New York Post reported.
But now there are reports in The Mirror Maria Putin and her boyfriend Jorrit Faasen, 34, have fled their lavish penthouse.
Neighbours have said they have not seen the couple since the plane was shot down a week ago. Their home, in the suburb Voorschoten, is close to where the doomed jet departed.
One resident said: “She moved in last year and it was all kept quiet for a while.
But once it became known who she was, there was certainly some disquiet. And now this has happened. She is obviously not responsible for her father’s actions but we don’t want demonstrations around here.”
Ukrainians living in the Netherlands planned a protest outside Maria’s apartment, according to De Telegraaf newspaper.
Pieter Broertjes, mayor of the city of Hilversum, demanded she leave during a radio interview on Wednesday, as the country held a day of mourning and church bells tolled to announce the arrival of the first bodies from Thursday’s plane crash.
Broertjes later apologised on Twitter, saying his comments were “unwise” and stemmed from a “feeling of helplessness that many will recognise”.
It has been reported that Putin had visited the couple in the Netherlands last year, although his spokesman denied the trip.
The Russian president has zealously tried to shield Maria and younger daughter Yekaterina from media scrutiny, and there are no official portraits of them as adults.
But a photo of Maria recently popped up on Facebook, where it was grabbed by a Ukrainian news website that re-posted it — infuriating Putin, according to the Central European News photo agency.
Her whereabouts today is unclear but there are reports the pair could be back in Moscow where they can be better protected by Putin.