Putin’s sex-crazed ‘mistress’ hit with new sanctions amid ‘daughter’ rumours
Vladimir Putin's alleged mistress has been hit with new US sanctions amid the ongoing war in Ukraine just weeks after rumours of a new pregnancy.
Rumours around the relationship between the Russian president and gymnast Alina Kabaeva are swirling, with reports that she is
The Olympic gymnast turned politician was initially sanctioned by the US Treasury over her "close relationship" with despot Putin, who is said to have been dating Kabaeva for the past 13 years.
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Putin, 69, is 30 years older than Kabaeva, 39, but the pair are rumoured to be expecting a child together.
In an announcement that struck a number of wealthy Russians with strict sanctions, the US Treasury Department said it had brought further penalties upon Kabaeva.
Several other oligarchs and rich figures of Russian background were also hit by the new wave of sanctions, which were announced by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.
Ms Yellen said: "As innocent people suffer from Russia's illegal war of aggression, Putin's allies have enriched themselves and funded opulent lifestyles.
"The Treasury Department will use every tool at our disposal to make sure that Russian elites and the Kremlin's enablers are held accountable for their complicity in a war that has cost countless lives."
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The US had held off of sanctioning Kabaeva unlike the UK and EU, but America has since blocked access to any property Kabaeva may own in the US.
But a General SVR Telegram channel, rumoured to be ran by Kremlin insiders, has claimed the former Olympic gymnast is pregnant with a baby girl.
A post in the channel read: "We have already reported that Alina Kabaeva, the cohabitant of the President of Russia, is pregnant. Yesterday the sex of the unborn child became known – this is a girl."
Rumours suggest that Kabaeva and Putin already have two young boys and twin girls together, with the pair allegedly beginning their relationship while Putin was still married.
Romantic allegations put toward Putin and Kabaeva were rubbished by a spokesman for the Russian president, who said the 69-year-old is too busy to have an affair.
Putin divorced from Lyudmila, his first wife and mother to two of his children, in 2013, The Sun reported.
Kabaeva and Putin's alleged affair was first reported in 2008 by the ex-KGB colleague of the Russian despot, Alexander Lebedev.
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