There is no shortage of Russian names for girls.
From the top of the list is the daughter of Soviet dissident Alexei Navalny, who went by Anna Maria and is currently serving a two-year jail sentence.
It is the girl’s surname which is also the first name of a Russian politician, Vladimir Putin, and its maiden name, Maria.
The name Marina, for example, was first given to Maria Ivanova by her mother, the former Russian Prime Minister, Leonid Mikhelson, in 1981.
It was the name of the daughter’s first cousin, and also her father’s.
And then there is Anna Maria, who, along with her husband and son-in-law, Boris Nemtsov, was shot dead in a Moscow square in November 2016.
In an interview with the Russian news channel Ria Novosti, Navalny said he had given the name Marina to her as a form of protest.
He said: “I was born Maria and she gave me her first name when she was still alive, so I was thinking about the same as everyone else.
But I was surprised when my father said that he was not able to bear children so I decided to give her her maiden name as a protest.”
Maria, who is now 25, is a Russian citizen and is a political activist who campaigned against corruption and inequality in Russia.
She was elected to the Russia parliament in 2015.
The Russian news agency Ria Tass reported that she had been living in Russia for about five years, having been born in Russia but now living in the UK, the Netherlands and the US.
Anna Maria was the first Russian woman to be elected to parliament.
Her father and mother were both born in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod.
The former MP said: “[I] was thinking, ‘Why am I not allowed to bear any children?'”
In a Facebook post on November 22, Anna Maria posted a photo of her in the lobby of her home.
She wrote: “It was so nice to see my mother and her husband, Leon, in the hall of parliament.
I felt very good.
My mum and father are both so warm and kind.””
The people I met there were so friendly.
I can only imagine the joy they were feeling.”‘
I don’t want to be known as a daughter of a political dissident’She added: “And when I was told I was not allowed any children I felt so happy, like I was finally accepted as a woman.
I want to become a lawyer, but I don’t think I will be able to find any.
I just want to live a normal life.”
A spokeswoman for Navalny told The Irish News: “The Russian Federation does not recognize her as an adopted Russian, and does not grant her nationality.
However, she does have a Ukrainian citizenship and the government recognizes her as Russian citizen.”
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said the UK government was aware of the issue and would be looking into the situation.