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the United Kingdom Friday hit the Russian president that of Vladimir Putin “narrow circle” with a new round of sanctions against his ex-wife and alleged girlfriend as his deadly war in Ukraine continues.
“Official documents list modest assets for President Putin, including: a small apartment in St. Petersburg, 2 Soviet-era cars from the 1950s, a caravan and a small garage,” the UK Foreign Office said. in a statement announcing the sanctions. “In reality, Putin relies on his network of family members, childhood friends and select elites who have benefited from his rule and, in turn, support his lifestyle.”
“Today’s sanctions will hit this cabal which owes its wealth and power to Putin and, in turn, will support Putin and his war machine,” the statement concluded.
Since the start of the war nearly three months ago, the UK has slapped £ 117 billion worth of sanctions on Russian entities, individuals and oligarchs.
Western nations have pursued the Kremlin by targeting its rich friends and their assets, seizing mega yachts in the Mediterranean and imposing travel bans.
“We are exposing and targeting the shady network that supports Putin’s luxurious lifestyle and reinforcing the vice in his inner circle,” said Foreign Minister Liz Truss. “We will continue with sanctions against all those who help and favor Putin’s aggression until Ukraine prevails.”
The sanctions listed four Putin’s cousins whose businesses have apparent links to the Kremlin and Putin’s former First Lady and ex-wife Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, who despite her divorce in 2014 would enjoy “preferential business relationships with state entities. “
Putin’s alleged mistress, former gymnast Alina Kabaeva, and her grandmother who reportedly “received a luxury apartment in Moscow” were among those targeted on Friday.
Five other family friends and businessmen with ties to Putin have also been listed under the new sanctions.