Vladimir Putin’s younger lover and ex-wife among inner circle added to Ukraine war sanctions list as UK targets ‘shady network propping up Russian leader’s luxury lifestyle’
- Alina Kabaeva, 39, a retired Olympic gymnast, added to UK sanctions list today
- Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, who was married to the tyrant, 69, until 2014, also added
- Liz Truss said UK ‘targeting shady network propping up Putin’s luxury lifestyle’
Britain added Vladimir Putin’s younger lover and his his ex-wife to its Ukraine sanctions list today as it tightened the economic noose around his ‘shady’ inner circle.
Alina Kabaeva, 39, a retired Olympic gymnast believed to be the depot’s mistress, has been subjected to economic restrictions alongside Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, who was married to the tyrant, 69, until 2014.
The Foreign Office said Friday’s announcement of further measures would see members of Mr Putin’s close and inner circle hit as the UK Government continues to seek new ways of punishing Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.
Mr Putin’s official assets are modest, according to the Foreign Office, with his lifestyle ‘funded by a cabal of family, friends and elites’.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: ‘We are exposing and targeting the shady network propping up Putin’s luxury lifestyle and tightening the vice on his inner circle.
‘We will keep going with sanctions on all those aiding and abetting Putin’s aggression until Ukraine prevails.’
Alina Kabaeva, 39, a retired Olympic gymnast believed to be the depot’s mistress, has been subjected to economic restrictions alongside Lyudmila Ocheretnaya (below), who was married to the tyrant, 69, until 2014.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: ‘We are exposing and targeting the shady network propping up Putin’s luxury lifestyle and tightening the vice on his inner circle.’
Kabaeva has risen to become chair of the board of the National Media Group, reportedly the largest private Russian media company.
She is is alleged to have a close personal relationship with Mr Putin, and previously sat as a deputy in the Duma for Mr Putin’s United Russia.
Those newly placed on the sanctions list, which has grown to more than 1,000 individuals and 100 entities, also include Ocheretnaya, the former first lady of the Russian Federation.
Since her divorce from the president in 2014, she has benefited from ‘preferential business relationships with state-owned entities’, officials said.
Igor Putin, a first cousin of the leader and director of Pechenga International Sea Port, has been targeted, along with Mikhail Putin, another businessman and relative who is deputy chairman of the management board of energy giant Gazprom.
Roman Putin, a first cousin once removed, has been publicly open about his relation to the president and emphasises how this family connection enabled his company, Putin Consulting, to help foreign investors in Russia, the Foreign Office said when sanctioning him.
Official records list the Kremlin leader’s assets as being fairly unnoteworthy, including a small flat in St Petersburg, two Soviet-era cars from the 1950s, a trailer, and a small garage.
But UK aides said that in reality the 69-year-old relies on his ‘wallet’ of family, childhood friends, along with a hand-picked set of elites, who have benefited from his rule and in turn support his lifestyle.
The reward for such people is influence over the affairs of the Russian state that goes far beyond their formal positions, the Foreign Office said.
Despite officially owning few assets, Mr Putin is said to have displayed a lavish lifestyle, with the Whitehall department pointing to reports exposing links to a £566 million yacht and a 1 billion ‘Putin palace’ – officially owned by close associate, Arkady Rotenberg, who was sanctioned in December 2020.
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