Putin’s lover and the “inner circle” have been sanctioned by Great Britain

The suspected mistress of Russian President Vladimir Putin, his ex-wife and other key people in his “shady net” have been hit with a new round of sanctions.

The suspected mistress of Russian President Vladimir Putin and others in his “inner circle” have been targeted in a new round of British sanctions.

Alina Kabaeva, a former Olympic gymnast who according to the UK government was “alleged to have a close personal relationship with Putin”, is among those believed to be hiding corrupt wealth in exchange for influential state positions.

The 38-year-old is widely regarded as the Russian leader’s secret girlfriend and the mother of the couple’s four children. She is one of dozens of people accused of being part of Putin’s “dark network” who have been hit by the new sanctions announced on Friday.

“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 British government said in a statement.

“His family members form a core of his inner circle, receiving positions of power due to their affiliation with the regime.”

Foreign Minister Liz Truss added: “We are exposing and targeting the shady network that supports Putin’s luxurious lifestyle and reinforcing the vice in his inner circle.”

“We will continue with sanctions against all those who help and favor Putin’s aggression until Ukraine prevails,” he said.

The Kremlin leader’s modest state salary and officially declared assets are believed by reports linking him to a luxury yacht and sprawling property dubbed “Putin’s Palace,” the UK said.

His true wealth is hidden by a network of family members, childhood friends and select members of the Russian elite who have been appointed to positions of power “in exchange for their eternal loyalty.”

British sanctions against Kabaeva also target her grandmother, Anna Zatseplina, as well as Putin’s ex-wife Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, Putin’s cousins, and Alexander Plekhov, a “close friend” who controls the UK’s Vital Development Corp. has seen “significant” state work is making its way.

The Kremlin has denied the romantic ties between Putin and Ms. Kabaeva.

Ms. Kabaeva, who won gold in rhythmic gymnastics at the 2004 Olympic Games, has since retired and moved into politics as a pro-Kremlin MP. She has since founded a charitable foundation and worked as the head of the Russian National Media Group, a pro-government overseas media, making a salary of around $ 12 million (AU $ 17 million) as of 2018, second The Wall Street newspaper.

Britain said it has now sanctioned more than 1,000 Russian individuals and 100 entities, including oligarchs worth more than $ 140 billion ($ 203 billion) since Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine in late February. .

The European Union has also proposed to sanction Ms. Kabaeva, but the potential sanctions have been suspended due to Hungary’s objections to the ban on oil from Russia, Bloomberg reports.

The United States has not sanctioned Ms. Kabaeva, in part because White House officials fear Putin may retaliate by escalating the war in Ukraine, according to reports.

But the US has indicated that more sanctions are yet to come.

“Nobody is safe from our sanctions,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said last week when asked about Kabaeva. “There’s more we will probably do.”

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