Vladimir Putin’s rumored girlfriend Alina Kabaeva has been hit by British sanctions

Vladimir Putin’s rumored girlfriend Alina Kabaeva has been hit by British sanctions

Alina Kabaeva, alleged mistress of Russian President Vladimir Putin and mother of several of his alleged children, was hit by sanctions imposed by the British government on Friday.

Kabaeva – an Olympic gymnastics champion who has been romantically linked to Putin since at least 2008 – has been named among several members of Putin’s inner circle who have been targeted by the British Foreign Office.

“Today’s sanctions will hit this cabal who owe their wealth and power to Putin and in return support Putin and his war machine,” the British government said in a press release.

The sanctions, which include travel restrictions and asset freezes, are designed to put pressure on Russia to end its 11-week war in Ukraine.

Kabaeva has risen to become CEO of National Media Group, reportedly Russia’s largest private media company, where she is rumored to be earning a salary of $10 million a year. Previously, she was a member of Russia’s state assembly, the Duma, for Putin’s United Russia party.

Kabaeva’s grandmother, Anna Zatseplina, is also subject to the punitive measures.

Alina Kabaeva.
Alina Kabaeva was hit by travel restrictions and asset freezes.
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Alina Kabaeva and Vladimir Putin.
Kabaeva has been romantically linked to Putin since at least 2008.
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“We are exposing and targeting the shady network that underpins Putin’s luxury lifestyle and exacerbating the vice in his inner circle,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement. “We will continue with sanctions against all those who support and support Putin’s aggression until Ukraine wins.”

Britain, along with Western allies, has imposed sanctions on hundreds of Russian oligarchs and industrial and financial firms.

Among the 12 new names added to Britain’s sanctions list on Friday were Putin’s relatives, who held senior positions at major Russian corporations like Gazprom.

Alina Kabaeva.
Kabaeva is the CEO of the National Media Group, reportedly Russia’s largest private media company.
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Alina Kabaeva.
Alina Kabaeva is a former Olympic champion in gymnastics.
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The Foreign Office claimed Putin relied on his network of family, childhood friends and allies to act as his de facto “wallet” and support his lavish lifestyle.

According to official records, Putin’s list of assets is shockingly “modest” and includes a small apartment in St. Petersburg, two 1950s Soviet-era cars, a trailer and a garage.

But British officials said the former KGB spymaster has in fact amassed colossal fortunes, with reports linking him to a $700m superyacht and a Black Sea palace worth an estimated $1.4bn , which officially belonged to his associate Arkady Rotenberg.

President Vladimir Putin (left) speaks to gymnast Alina Kabaeva at a Kremlin banquet in 2004.
Kabaeva previously served as a deputy in Russia’s State Assembly for President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party.
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Alina Kabaeva and Vladimir Putin.
According to reports, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kabaeva share twin daughters and two sons.
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Putin and Kabaeva have never confirmed their relationship, although sources familiar with the matter previously told Page Six that the couple share 7-year-old twin daughters and two sons.

Earlier this week, a General SVT Telegram Channel report claimed Kabaeva was pregnant with her fifth child with Putin.

The report, which circulated Monday, could not be independently confirmed.

Kabaeva has largely disappeared from public view since war broke out in Ukraine on February 24.

Last month she made a surprise appearance at a junior rhythmic gymnastics festival in Moscow.

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