Russia-Ukraine war: US President Vladimir Putin’s alleged girlfriend Alina Maratovna Kabaeva blacklisted in latest round of sanctions
Washington: The United States has approved Alina Maratovna Kabaeva, the alleged girlfriend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a new round of sanctions targeting the Russian elite over Moscow’s actions in Ukraine. According to the Treasury Department, 39-year-old Kabaeva “had a close relationship with Putin. She is a former member of the State Duma and the current head of the pro-Kremlin Empire National Media Group on television. , radio and print organizations.”
“Kabaeva was designated today to be or to be a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the Board of Directors of the Government of the Russian Federation in accordance with EO 14024. Kabaeva has close ties with Putin and is the current head of a pro-Kremlin empire of national media groups, television, radio and print organizations. It has also been approved by the European Union and the UK,” a Treasury Department statement said on Tuesday (local time).
Citing the Wall Street Journal, CNN reported that the US was considering approving Kabaeva, but there were concerns that such a move would increase tensions given her close ties to Putin. Earlier in May, Kabaeva was blacklisted by the European Union and the United Kingdom.
Supporters of jailed Russian human rights campaigner Alexei Navalny are demanding sanctions against Kabaeva for campaigning against Ukraine. In April, the US also imposed sanctions on Putin’s daughters Katerina Vladimirovna Tikhonova and Maria Vladimirovna Vorontsova.
In addition, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced sanctions on three oligarchs, a Russian state-owned company that oversees the Ministry of Transport, “four individuals and one entity illegally entering Ukraine’s territory in cooperation with Russia.” working,” and 24 Russian defense and technology-related entities.
The US is also imposing visa restrictions on 893 Russian Federation officials and “31 foreign government officials who have acted to support Russia’s alleged annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean region and thereby threaten or violate Ukraine’s sovereignty ,” Blinken said. Since the start of Russia’s ‘military campaign’, the UK has sanctioned more than 1,000 individuals and 100 entities, including killing oligarchs with total global assets of more than £117 billion.