Russia-Ukraine War: United States sanctions Vladimir Putin’s ‘girlfriend’ Alina Kabaeva and more oligarchs

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Washington: The United States on Tuesday sanctioned Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s alleged girlfriend Alina Kabaeva and tycoon owner of the second-largest estate in London Andrey Grigoryevich Guryev over Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine, reported AFP. The sanctions were announced by the US Treasury.

Notably, Guryev owns the Witanhurst estate. It is the second largest estate in London after Buckingham Palace. Guryev is the founder and former deputy chairman of PhosAgr. The company is a major supplier to global fertilizer markets.

The US froze the assets of Guryev and his son under its jurisdiction. Guryev’s Caribbean-based 81-meter (267 feet) yacht Alfa Nero was also blacklisted by the US, reported AFP. The sanctions have put the yacht at the risk of seizure. However, the US Treasury department said that the Yacht has reportedly “shut off its location tracking hardware” to avoid seizure.

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Meanwhile, Kabaeva is a former Olympic gymnast. She is widely described as the girlfriend of the Russian President. The sanctions were also imposed against several other oligarchs who are considered close to Putin, four Russian officials who has been named by Kremlin to administer occupied territories in Ukraine and several high technology institutes and companies, reported AFP.

The sanctions were also imposed against the wife of Kirill Dmitriev, Natalya Popova. Notably, Dmitriev is the manager of the Russian government’s sovereign wealth fund. Two subsidiaries of his MMK, which is among the world’s largest steel producers, are also affected by the US sanctions.

“As innocent people suffer from Russia’s illegal war of aggression, Putin’s allies have enriched themselves and funded opulent lifestyles,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said as quoted by the news agency.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. The fighting has now intensified in the Donbas region comprising two separatist repun=blics – Donetsk and Lugansk – in eastern Ukraine. Last month, Russia claimed to have captured Donetsk.