UK targets Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, including his rumored girlfriend, retired Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva, in new round of sanctions Announce Friday.
Putin’s cousins, ex-wives and other close relatives are also among those newly sanctioned over Russia’s ongoing incursion into Ukraine.
In a press release, the British government noted that Kabayeva allegedly had “close personal relationships with Putin.” It also cited her previous role as a representative of the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament. Putin’s United Russia party.
according to Wall Street JournalU.S. officials believe Kabayeva is the mother of at least three of Putin’s children.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement: “We are exposing and targeting shady networks that support Putin’s lavish lifestyle, and tightening the vices of his inner circle. We will continue to punish all those who aid and abet Putin’s aggression. Sanctions are imposed until Ukraine wins.”
According to a British government press release, while official records list Putin’s meager assets, he “relies on his family, childhood friends and select elite network who have benefited from his rule and in turn support his way of life. .”
The government added, “His family members form the core of his inner circle – empowered by their affiliation with the regime.”
In addition to Kabayeva, those sanctioned include her grandmother, Anna Zatsprina; Putin’s ex-wife Lyudmila Ocheretnaya; Putin’s two cousins, Igor Putin and Roman Putin; Mikhail Shelomov, a Russian business owner and Putin’s cousin, who had been removed from office; and Mikhail Putin, another relative of the Russian president.
Britain also sanctioned Putin’s “confidants and loyal supporters”, saying they were “often placed” in strategic positions in the Russian state.
The British government said on Friday it had sanctioned more than 1,000 individuals and more than 100 entities, including Russian oligarchs and businessmen with a global net worth of more than £117 billion (equivalent to more than $140 billion).
While the Biden administration has yet to impose sanctions on Kabayeva, it announced in April that it would impose sanctions on two of Russia’s largest banks, the daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the wife and daughter of Russia’s top diplomat, and Russia’s Security Council. List members impose a wave of sanctions.