Tuesday 2 August 2022 10:15 PM US sanctions Putin's 'gymnast lover girlfriend' and the 'mother of his two ... trends now

Tuesday 2 August 2022 10:15 PM US sanctions Putin's 'gymnast lover girlfriend' and the 'mother of his two ... trends now
Tuesday 2 August 2022 10:15 PM US sanctions Putin's 'gymnast lover girlfriend' and the 'mother of his two ... trends now

Tuesday 2 August 2022 10:15 PM US sanctions Putin's 'gymnast lover girlfriend' and the 'mother of his two ... trends now

The U.S. imposed sanctions on Alina Kabaeva on Tuesday, a former Olympic gymnast who is believed to have a secret family with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Announcing the move, the Treasury coyly described the 39-year-old gold medallist as having 'a close relationship to Putin.'

But other countries have gone further, with Canadian foreign affairs minister Melanie Joly calling the glamorous former athlete 'his partner.'

Putin has always denied that they are romantically linked or that he has two children with her.

The latest round of sanctions, designed to force Putin to think again in Ukraine, also targets Publichnoe Aktsionernoe Obschestvo Magnitogorskiy Metallurgicheskiy Kombinat (MMK), one of the world's biggest producers of steel as well as its majority owner Viktor Rashnikov. 

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said: 'As innocent people suffer from Russia's illegal war of aggression, Putin's allies have enriched themselves and funded opulent lifestyles

'The Treasury Department will use every tool at our disposal to make sure that Russian elites and the Kremlin's enablers are held accountable for their complicity in a war that has cost countless lives.'

The U.S. imposed sanctions on Alina Kabaeva on Tuesday, a former Olympic gymnast who is believed to have a secret family with Russian President Vladimir Putin

The U.S. imposed sanctions on Alina Kabaeva on Tuesday, a former Olympic gymnast who is believed to have a secret family with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Putin has denied any romantic relationship with the 39-year-old former gymnast, and the U.S. pulled her name from a sanctions list earlier this year for fear it would enflame tensions

Putin has denied any romantic relationship with the 39-year-old former gymnast, and the U.S. pulled her name from a sanctions list earlier this year for fear it would enflame tensions

The United Kingdom sanctioned Kabaeva in May, but the US removed her from a proposed list. At the time, officials reasoned that it was such a personal attack on Putin that it could escalate tensions between Russia and the US.

Yet other countries piled on, and made no secret that they believed her to be Putin's lover.

She was spotted in public in June soon after the moves, appearing at the Black Sea resort of Sochi at a rhythmic gymnastics training camp with 28 children.

News outlet Moskovsky Komsomolets commented that she had 'lost quite a lot of weight.'

They said: 'Alina loves expensive stylish outfits, which, being the head of the National Media Group, she

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