The United Kingdom on Friday targeted relatives of Russian President Vladimir Putin accused by London of funding his “luxurious” lifestyle in a new wave of sanctions in retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine.
According to a press release, among the 12 people, relatives and financiers targeted by these sanctions are his ex-wife Lyudmila Ocheretnaya and former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabaeva, who is “rumoured to be Putin’s current partner”.
The media has over the years blamed the Russian president for relations with Alina Kabaeva, which Vladimir Putin denied in 2008. “We are uncovering and targeting the secret network that supports Putin’s lavish lifestyle and tightens the noose on his inner circle”British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in the statement.
“We will continue to impose sanctions on all those who aid and promote Putin’s aggression until the victory of Ukraine.” He added.
During a meeting with her G7 counterparts in Germany, Liz Truss on Friday pleaded for more weapons to Ukraine and called for new sanctions.
Putin relies on his network, family, childhood friends
According to British diplomacy, Vladimir Putin officially only has a meager legacy, which notably includes an apartment in St Petersburg, two 1950s Soviet-era cars, a trailer and a small garage.
“Indeed, Putin is dependent on his network, family, childhood friends and a chosen elite who have benefited from his power and in turn supports his lifestyle”A press release outlined the British Foreign Office, referring to Vladimir Putin’s ties with a yacht worth 566 million pounds (664 million euros) and the “Palace of Putin”, which is estimated at one billion dollars and officially They have one property. Relatives, Arkady Rotenberg, Approved in December 2020.
“These are the people who willingly lurk in the shadows to help Putin hide his wealth.” A British official told reporters on condition of anonymity.
Alina Kabaeva, president of the National Media Group (NMG). The official said the previously approved Rossiya Bank owns a third of that group and is “clearly a conduit” for Putin’s money.
one thousand people accepted according to london
The Russian leader’s two cousins, Igor Putin and Roman Putin, are also the target of British sanctions, as well as Alexander Plekhov, a “close friend” who controls Vital Development Corp. “We have identified tens of billions of assets” Connected to Putin’s relatives, the British official said.
Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, London has claimed to have sanctioned more than a thousand people and 100 entities, with oligarchs representing more than 117 billion pounds sterling (137 billion euros).
UK has now targeted “Almost all individuals and entities have been rated as being closest to them, but of course we will continue”said the officer.
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