UK sanctions target Putin’s financial network including rumoured girlfriend

Britain has said its latest round of sanctions target Vladimir Putin’s financial network, including the Russian’s president’s long-rumoured girlfriend, Alina Kabaeva, his ex-wife, Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, and cousins.

“We are exposing and targeting the shady network propping up Putin’s luxury lifestyle and tightening the vice on his inner circle,” the foreign secretary, Liz Truss, said in a statement on Friday.

“We will keep going with sanctions on all those aiding and abetting Putin’s aggression until Ukraine prevails.”

A UK Foreign Office statement describing Kabaeva said: “Alina Kabaeva, a retired Olympic gymnast. Kabaeva has risen to become chair of the board of the National Media Group, reportedly the largest private Russian media company. She is alleged to have a close personal relationship with Putin, and previously sat as a deputy in the Duma for Putin’s United Russia.”

The Guardian