U.S. sanctions Putin’s alleged girlfriend Alina Maratovna Kabaeva over Ukraine war
The U.S. Government sanctioned on Tuesday Alina Maratovna Kabaeva, alleged girlfriend of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, together with other personalities and oligarchs of that country, for the war in Ukraine. It also banned the entry to the United States of 893 Russian officials, including members of the Army and the Senate. It also sanctioned several Russian companies for their relationship with the war.
The Treasury Department said in a statement that Kabaeva, who has been previously sanctioned by the European Union and Canada, maintains “a close relationship” with Putin, in addition to chairing a pro-Kremlin media group. The yellow press has reported on numerous occasions about a possible sentimental relationship between Putin and Kabaeva, a double Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion and also a businesswoman and former deputy, born in 1983, but the Kremlin has never confirmed it.
In addition to Kabaeva, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Russian businessmen Andrey Grigoryevich Guryev, his son Andrey Andreevich Guryev; Viktor Filippovich Rashnikov, Natalya Valeryevna Popova and Anton Sergeevich Urusov. The Russian metallurgical company MMK, the investment company DAI and the financial company JSC PPIT were also sanctioned. The U.S. government also blocked the Alfa Nero yacht, a vessel purchased by Andrey Grigoryevich Guryev in 2014 for $120 million.
As a result of these sanctions, the properties of all these individuals and companies were blocked in the United States and they were banned from transactions under U.S. law. At the same time, the State Department banned 893 Russian officials, including members of the Army and the Federation Council, from entering the United States for “violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity” of Ukraine. It also restricted the visas of 31 foreign officials who supported Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, although the State Department did not elaborate further.
The same department sanctioned Russian oligarchs Dmitry Aleksandrovich Pumpyanskiy, Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko and Alexander Anatolevich Ponomarenko for their involvement in the Russian aerospace and financial sector, and their closeness to Putin. In addition, it sanctioned 24 Russian companies in the defense and technology sector that would be directly or indirectly related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine launched last February 24. “The United States will not hesitate to support the brave people of Ukraine and will continue to promote accountability of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and his cronies,” U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.