Former gymnast Alina Kabaeva, who’s alleged to be romantically concerned with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is more likely to be included within the European Union’s proposed sixth spherical of sanctions in opposition to Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, it has been claimed in a number of stories, citing the official doc.
The EU was reportedly hesitant in together with Kabaeva till now, fearing that the transfer may result in an escalation of the tensions between Russia and the EU. The sanctions had been submitted on Wednesday by the EU govt to member states for approval. It wants unanimity among the many 27 nations to return into impact. If handed, Kabaeva can be hit by a ban on entry into the EU and an asset freeze, information company AFP reported.
Who’s Alina Kabaeva?
Born in 1983, Kabaeva is without doubt one of the most adorned gymnasts on the planet. Throughout her lively profession in rhythmic gymnastics, she gained two Olympic medals, 14 World Championship medals, and 21 European Championship medals. In 2014, she was chosen as one of many torch bearers when Russia hosted the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The gymnast was first linked to Putin in 2008., when a small tabloid newspaper, Moskovsky Korrespondent, printed a report that Putin was planning to marry Kabaeva. The report drew a livid denial from Moscow, with Putin telling journalists to maintain their “snotty noses” out of his personal life.
Nevertheless, the rumors have refused to die down over time, and it’s alleged that Kabaeva and Putin even have children collectively.
Kabaeva can also be stated to be the chairman of the Nationwide Media Group which owns main shares in nearly all Russian media retailers. She additionally had a short stint in politics from 2007 to 2014 when she held a seat in Russia’s decrease home of parliament with the ruling United Russia social gathering.
In keeping with a report in The Wall Avenue Journal, citing US officers, Kabaeva and her household have gained private fortune as a consequence of her connection to Putin.
Her relationship with the Russian President was investigated by opposition chief Alexei Navalny who additionally claims that she moved to elite ranks due to her shut connections. “There isn’t a doubt that Alina Maratovna Kabaeva jumps higher than anybody else with a ball and ribbon, however she wouldn’t have been capable of handle tv firms and newspapers if it weren’t for her reference to Putin,” Navalny has stated in 2021 .
Allegations on social media have claimed that Kabaeva was in Switzerland. Nevertheless, in March this yr, Switzerland’s Federal Division of Justice and Police (FDJP) carried out needed checks within the nation however discovered “no indication of the presence” of this particular person.
(With company inputs)