International Desk: The United States has imposed sanctions on Alina Kabaeva, the alleged lover of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Several other Russians, including his close aide and billionaire Andrei Grigorievich Guriev, are also under the ban. Local time on Tuesday (August 2), the US Treasury Department issued the latest sanctions after Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Alina, 39, will face forfeiture of any assets she has in the United States. At the same time his dealings with the Americans were suspended. Former Olympian Alina Kabaeva.
UK officials similarly imposed sanctions on Kabaeva. Alina became the chairperson of Russia's New Media Group last May. It is the largest private media company in Russia.
Western countries imposed economic sanctions on allies and loved ones of 69-year-old Russian President Vladimir Putin following the February invasion of Ukraine. The United States has avoided direct confrontation with Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, despite providing billions of dollars in arms and other resources to aid Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin has long denied that Putin had an affair with Kabaeva. However, various published reports suggest that she is the mother of some of his children.
A Moscow newspaper published a report in 2008 about Putin and Kabaeva's romance.
Kabaeva is a citizen of Uzbekistan. He also won gold in Athens Olympics in 2004. In 2014 took charge of National Media Group. Prior to that, he spent more than six years as a lawmaker in Putin's United Russia party. He also has experience hosting talk shows on television.