The United States Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rumored mistress over the invasion of Ukraine.
The U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Alina Maratovna Kabaeva, 39, “for being or having been a leader, official, senior executive officer, or member of the board of directors of the Government of the Russian Federation.”
The U.S. Treasury Department described Kabaeva as having “a close relationship to Putin and is the current head of the National Media Group,” the largest private media company in Russia.
Kabaeva has been romantically linked to Putin, who is divorced, but the Kremlin has long denied the romantic involvement.
Kabaeva was also a member of the State Duma, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.
The U.S. Treasury Department also imposed sanctions on a number of Russian oligarchs, a Russian major steel production company and two of its subsidiaries, and a Russia-based financial institution accused of conducting an operation in evading sanctions and its general director.
“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,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement.
Separately, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced sanctions on three Russian oligarchs, a Russian state-owned company overseen by the Transportation Ministry, “four individuals and one entity illegitimately operating in Ukraine’s territory in collaboration with Russia,” and 24 Russian defense and technology-related entities.
The U.S. State Department also imposed visa restrictions on 893 Russian Federation officials, including members of the Federation Council and military members.
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