UK government sanctions Putin’s close circle. This sanctions have been imposed on 12 key members of Vladimir Putin’s family. The new sanctions include Putin’s ex wife Lyudmila Ocheretnaya who divorced him in 2014 and his alleged mistress Alina Kabaeva.
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The latest sanctions also include Alina Kabaeva’s grandmother. Lyudmila Ocheretnaya was Russia’s former first lady.
The UK government has now sanctioned over 1,000 people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the oligarchs.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss revealed the UK government was “lightening the vice” on his “inner circle, exposing and targeting the shady network propping up Putin’s luxury lifestyle”
Many have argued Putin’s ex wife Lyudmila Ocheretnaya does not deserve such sanctions but Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, FCDO said she benefited from Putin’s businesses and state owned entities after her divorce in 2014. And moreover, she exhibited significant unexplained wealth. Reports that even after the divorce in 2014, she was still close to President Vladimir Putin. Their properties have been confiscated by the UK government and they can no more travel to Great Britain.
Liz Truss said until Russian troops leave Ukraine, the sanctions should not be lifted, detailing Putin is just humiliating himself before the world.
“Russian President Vladimir Putin must face a defeat that prevents further aggression. Putin is humiliating himself on the world stage” she said.
Who is Alina Kabaeva?
Shortly Alina is Putin’s alleged mistress and partner who happens to be a retired Olympic gymnast. She rose to become the Chairperson of the Board of the National Media Group, which is reportedly the largest Russian Private company. The company has also been sanctioned.