UK Imposes sanctions on Putin's gymnast girlfriend and his ex-wife

UK Imposes sanctions on Putin’s gymnast girlfriend and his ex-wife

Britain sanctioned 12 members of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “close circle” on Friday, accusing them of concealing his ill-gotten gains in exchange for powerful government posts.

Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, his ex-wife, and Alina Kabaeva, a 38-year-old former Olympic gymnast, were among them.

According to the UK authorities, she is “said to have a close personal contact with Putin,”.

In a statement, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss stated, “We are exposing and attacking the corrupt network supporting Putin’s lavish lifestyle, and tightening the vice on his inner circle.”

“Until Ukraine triumphs, we will continue to impose sanctions on all those who help and abet Putin’s aggression,” she added.

According to the United Kingdom, allegations tying Putin to a fancy boat and a huge house called “Putin’s Palace” contradict his meager state income and legally stated assets.

A network of relatives, childhood friends, and chosen members of the Russian elite who have been assigned to key jobs “in exchange for their undying allegiance” keep his genuine fortune secret.

Putin’s relatives and Alexander Plekhov, a “close buddy” who owns the Vital Development Corp., were sanctioned on Friday.

Since Putin launched the invasion of Ukraine in late February, Britain has sanctioned almost 1,000 people and 100 Russian businesses, including billionaires worth more than $140 billion.