Who is Alina Kabaeva, Putin’s alleged girlfriend in the sights of European sanctions?

Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Russian gymnast Alina Kabaeva

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Putin and Alina Kabaeva photographed in 2004

The European Union (EU) is studying the possibility of imposing sanctions against Alina Kabaeva, a politician, director of a pro-Kremlin media conglomerate, former Olympic gymnast and – according to many rumors – girlfriend of Vladimir Putin and mother of some. of your kids. Sources have confirmed to the BBC that she is on the list of individuals who will soon be sanctioned by the EU.

The sanctions imposed by the EU and other countries aim to punish people close to Putin — oligarchs, politicians and other officials who say they have benefited from his friendship with the president.

Last month, the US and UK imposed sanctions on Putin’s daughters – Maria Vorontsova, 36, and Katerina Tikhonova, 35. They are Putin’s daughters with his ex-wife, Lyudmila.

So far, Kabaeva has not been sanctioned despite rumors. But he must have had a hunch that this would change: an online petition in March demanded that she be evicted from her Swiss residence.

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