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Putin’s gymnast lover will be added to EU sanctions record: Mistress faces travel ban and asset freeze

The EU is planning to impose sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s alleged gymnast lover Alina Kabaeva for her position in Kremlin propaganda, in accordance to a doc.

Kabaeva is a late addition to the record of people focused in a sixth package deal of measures in opposition to Russia in response to the conflict in Ukraine, after she final month likened the Soviet victory over Nazism within the Second World War to Putin’s invasion.

The proposal identifies Kabaeva because the chairwoman of the board of administrators of the National Media Group, a holding company that owns vital shares in nearly all main Russian state media that make up Putin’s propaganda machine.

The former gymnast and former Duma lawmaker is ‘intently related to President Vladimir Putin,’ the doc provides.

The Russian chief, who will be 70 this year, has since 2008 denied a relationship with Olympic gold-medal profitable Kabaeva, now 38. The Moscow newspaper that first reported on their relationship closed down quickly after.

The EU is planning to impose sanctions on Vladimir Putin's gymnast 'lover' Alina Kabaeva for her role in Kremlin propaganda, according to a document. Pictured: Alina Kabaeva and Vladimir Putin are shown together at an event at the Kremlin (file photo)

The EU is planning to impose sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s gymnast ‘lover’ Alina Kabaeva for her position in Kremlin propaganda, in accordance to a doc. Pictured: Alina Kabaeva and Vladimir Putin are proven collectively at an occasion on the Kremlin (file picture)

Another notable determine on the record is the top of the Russian Orthodox Church – Patriarch Kirill – who has given his blessing to Putin’s on-going invasion, regardless of Eastern Orthodoxy being the predominant faith in Ukraine.

If handed, Kabaeva and Kirill would be a part of a rising record of 1,000 influential Russian and pro-Russian figures which have already been sanctioned by the EU. They will face travel bans and asset freezes below the measures. 

The EU sanctions, which additionally embrace a ban on Russian oil imports, have been submitted on Wednesday by the EU govt to member states for approval, which requires unanimity among the many 27 nations.

Hungary, Slovakia and different japanese European nations are up to now refusing the package deal, holding out for an decide out or delay to the oil ban.

Russian Alina Kabaeva takes part in the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000

Russian Alina Kabaeva takes half within the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, citing US officers, Kabaeva and her household have gained personal fortune thanks to her connection to Putin’s inside circle.

The report cites categorised US intelligence that names Kabaeva as a beneficiary of Putin’s wealth. US officers have held off sanctioning Kabaeva themselves out of concern that Putin may view it as a personal assault, The Guardian reported. 

Three different folks, columnists on the state company Ria Novosti, are additionally on the record for his or her position in disseminating ‘authorities propaganda’ over the conflict in Ukraine.

The 4 names are as well as to 58 folks – together with Patriarch Kirill, quite a few army personnel suspected of conflict crimes within the Ukrainian city of Bucha and relations of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

The doc describes Kirill as ‘some of the outstanding supporters of the Russian army aggression in opposition to Ukraine’. His help for the conflict has led to a public rebuke from the Pope.

Another determine that’s anticipated to be added to the record is Marina Mordashova – the spouse of Alexei Mordashov, formally Russia’s richest man (though Putin is believed to be far wealthier). The EU says it’s because Ms Mordashova advantages from her husbands belongings.

Since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, European sanctions have already affected 1,091 folks and 80 entities.

Kabaeva is a late addition to the list of individuals targeted in a sixth package of measures against Russia in response to the war in Ukraine, after she last month likened the Soviet victory over Nazism in WWII to Putin's invasion, during a rare public appearance (pictured)

Kabaeva is a late addition to the record of people focused in a sixth package deal of measures in opposition to Russia in response to the conflict in Ukraine, after she final month likened the Soviet victory over Nazism in WWII to Putin’s invasion, throughout a uncommon public look (pictured)

Another notable figure on the list is the head of the Russian Orthodox Church - Patriarch Kirill - who has given his blessing to Putin's on-going invasion, despite Eastern Orthodoxy being the predominant religion in Ukraine

Another notable determine on the record is the top of the Russian Orthodox Church – Patriarch Kirill – who has given his blessing to Putin’s on-going invasion, regardless of Eastern Orthodoxy being the predominant faith in Ukraine

News of the EU sanctions comes days after a report claimed that Putin had two secret sons with Kabaeva.

The first boy was born in secrecy in Switzerland amid big safety in 2015, in accordance to a supply linked to the obstetrician who was on the beginning.

The second son was delivered in Moscow in 2019 with the identical specialist flying to Russia for the beginning, in accordance to an investigation by Swiss broadsheet newspaper Sonntagszeitung.

Putin has hidden his alleged secret household from voters – and was not current at both of the births, the report stated.

The report confirms robust rumours over a Putin-Kabaeva household, besides in suggesting there was one son born in 2019 quite than twins.

It additionally signifies that Kabaeva is the key Russian first girl at a time when the nation is struggling main losses from the conflict with Ukraine.

Alina Kabaeva shakes hands with Vladimir Putin during a meeting with other gymnasts in the Kremlin. Putin has, since 2008, denied having a relationship with the gold medal winner

Alina Kabaeva shakes fingers with Vladimir Putin throughout a meeting with different gymnasts within the Kremlin. Putin has, since 2008, denied having a relationship with the gold medal winner

Putin awards Kabaeva with the 'For Merit to the Fatherland' order in 2005 in Kremlin, Moscow

Putin awards Kabaeva with the ‘For Merit to the Fatherland’ order in 2005 in Kremlin, Moscow

The supply of the brand new report – printed on Sunday – is claimed to be a personal good friend of Kabaeva who additionally is aware of the obstetrician, an unnamed Soviet-born medic acquainted with Putin for greater than three many years and a long-time Swiss citizen after emigrating from Russia.

The paper reported: ‘Our supply says clearly: ‘Alina’s relationship with Putin existed. Their youngsters – two sons – are Putin’s youngsters. Alina had no different relationship. That would have been too harmful for her’.’

The feminine physician works at Clinica Sant’Anna within the Italian-speaking Ticino area of Switzerland the place the primary baby was born.

The obstetrician had ‘maintained a trusting relationship with Putin’, stated the report.

‘You had to hold the entire thing very discreet,’ the newspaper was instructed.

Contrary to gossip in 2015, Putin was not current on the beginning which – on the time – the Kremlin denied. There was additionally just one Putin-Kabaeva baby born in Switzerland, stated the supply. By the ‘president’s choice’, the second son was born in Moscow.

The similar Russian émigré Swiss obstetrician delivered the second son in Moscow in 2019. Before the beginning, Kabaeva had travelled in secret to Lugano a number of occasions.

The supply described Kabaeva as ‘a really nice lady.

‘She is an actual sportswoman, very straight, with out posturing. She got here along with her mom and sister, however with out bodyguards. Despite this, a blanket of secrecy was thrown over the births.’

Putin hands Kabaeva a bouquet of flowers on the day she received the 'For Merit to the Fatherland' order in 2005

Putin fingers Kabaeva a bouquet of flowers on the day she obtained the ‘For Merit to the Fatherland’ order in 2005

Kabaeva had additionally travelled a number of occasions to Switzerland earlier than beginning her relationship with Putin, believed to be in 2007.

She was an envoy for Longines watches from 1999 to 2008.

Their relationship was first reported when a Moscow newspaper alleged Putin had secretly divorced his spouse of 30 years Lyudmila and was planning to marry Kabaeva.

The Kremlin denied the claims, and the newspaper was quickly shut down. Five years later, Putin and his spouse introduced their separation.

Recently, rumours advised that Kabaeva and her suspected younger youngsters have been hiding out from the conflict at a reclusive Swiss chalet. However final month – after a four-month absence from the limelight – she reappeared in Moscow.

Kabaeva used the build-up to her ‘Alina 2022’ present in Moscow in April to make her first look in public for the reason that conflict began in Ukraine. This adopted rumours she had been hiding in Switzerland – or in a hi-tech Siberian nuclear bunker.

At the present itself she was filmed in entrance of the ‘Z’ symbols of Putin’s troops, which critics have likened to a swastika image.

Wearing a patriotic St George’s ribbon on her chest, Kabaeva delivered a rousing speech seemingly linking victory over Nazism within the Second World War to right now’s occasions in Ukraine.

‘This theme, you see, this story, does not solely go into the previous. It stays with us,’ she stated. ‘This celebration isn’t just for the entire nation, it is a vacation for each household.

‘Every household has a conflict story, and we must not neglect it, however move it on from technology to technology.’

She wore a £1,915 from a British-based designer as she led a patriotic-themed gymnastics ballet during which she linked the defeat of Hitler’s Nazis to the Russian struggle in opposition to Ukraine.

The occasion included a number of the Soviet Union’s most patriotic songs in a celebration of the nation’s victory over the Germans.

Putin pictured alongside Kabaeva at a gymnastics festival in Russia in 2001

Putin pictured alongside Kabaeva at a gymnastics competition in Russia in 2001

The theme at her annual competition was unmistakably meant to enhance patriotic help for Putin’s army operation in Ukraine.

She wore a marriage ring and a fluid silk fuchsia midi dress. Russians have been struck by Kabaeva’s new look, sparking rumours of current beauty surgical procedure. Russian Cosmopolitan stated ‘one thing has actually modified in Kabaeva’s face’, including that ‘the legendary athlete was noticeably prettier’.

Avoiding linking her to Putin, it stated of a girl extensively believed to be Russia’s unofficial first girl: ‘Alina Kabaeva is without doubt one of the most mysterious and secretive girls in our nation.

‘The gymnast nearly by no means seems in public, doesn’t [appear in] social networks, and it’s not potential to unintentionally see her on the road or in purchasing centres.’

Telegram channel Tol’ko Nikomu – additionally selecting its phrases rigorously to keep away from the Russian censor – hinted that she and Putin share the identical plastic surgeon.

‘A brand new uncommon look of Alina Kabaeva. This time she is dressed casually – and is once more seen with a marriage ring.

‘And sure, the handwriting of the household beautician is sort of notable.’

Alina Kabaeva at the 2015 'Alina' gymnastics festival on May 21, 2015, in Moscow, Russia

Alina Kabaeva on the 2015 ‘Alina’ gymnastics competition on May 21, 2015, in Moscow, Russia

Jailed Putin foe Alexei Navalny had beforehand demanded sanctions in opposition to Kabaeva.

He singled out Kabaeva’s National Media Group arguing that it was seemingly owned by Putin – who will be 70 this year – personally.

Her wage right here has been estimated at nearly £8 million a year, in contrast with the common annual determine of £5,600.

Navalny posted from jail: ‘I would like to remind you that the National Media Group, which owns the lion’s share of this equipment of lies, undoubtedly belongs to Putin personally, and as such is even formally headed by Putin’s mistress Alina Kabaeva.’

He referred to as her a Putin propagandist and stated she ought to be handled as a ‘conflict felony’.

Kabaeva has stored a low profile within the Ukraine conflict – however her media has been vocal in cheerleading for Putin.

Soon after the conflict began, a petition referred to as on the Swiss authorities to ship her packing again to Russia.

‘It’s time you reunite Eva Braun along with her Führer’, stated the petition.

Rumours first linked her romantically to Putin as way back as 2008 when she was a pro-Kremlin MP.

The newspaper printing the story was quickly closed down.

Putin – who in 2013 introduced his divorce from spouse Lyudmila, a former Aeroflot stewardess – has beforehand stated: ‘I’ve a personal life during which I don’t allow interference. It should be revered.’

He deplored ‘those that with their snotty noses and erotic fantasies prowl into others’ lives’.

Kabaeva is on report as saying she had met a person who ‘I really like very a lot’, gushing: ‘Sometimes you are feeling so pleased that you simply even really feel scared.’

In 2001 Kabaeva was quickly banned from competing in rhythmic gymnastics after failing a doping check.

A year earlier she had received gold on the 2000 summer time Olympics.

Once considered Russia’s most eligible lady, her solely different suitor has been a married Georgian policeman, in accordance to media reviews. This relationship petered out in 2005 amid complaints of tabloid intrusion into her life.

She as soon as posed nearly nude for Maxim and was described as ‘stuffed with intercourse’ by a photographer. There have been many reviews of her sporting a marriage ring, however no information of a wedding.

She is reported to have a fleet of Maybach limousines at her disposal, and was seen surrounded by a squad of machine-gun toting safety guards on visits to a Moscow cafe, seemingly indicating she qualifies for state-level safety.

The dictator of neighbouring Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko hinted that Putin’s divorce choice happened as a result of Kabaeva ‘put strain on the president’.

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