The US has imposed new sanctions targeting Russia's elite. Among those covered under the new sanctions is the alleged girlfriend of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The US Treasury Department said on Tuesday that the Biden administration has frozen the visas of former Olympic gymnast and former member of the State Duma (the lower house of the Russian parliament) Alina Kabaeva and imposed sanctions on her assets. The department said Kabaeva is also the head of a Russian media company that supports the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Putin's jailed critic Alexei Navalny has long been calling for sanctions against Kabaeva. He said that Kabaeva's media company had portrayed Western remarks about the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a propaganda campaign. Britain approved sanctions against Kabaeva in May. At the same time, the European Union announced a travel and property ban on her in June. The US Treasury Department has also imposed sanctions on Andrey Grigoryevich Gurev, who owns the Wittenhurst estate. The 25-room Wittenhurst Estate is the second largest palace in London after Buckingham Palace.
His yacht of $ 120 million is also under the purview of the ban. In April, the US imposed sanctions on both Putin's daughters, Katrina Vladimirovna Tikhonova and Maria Vladimirovna Vorontsova. Sanctions were also imposed against Natalya Popova, wife of RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev. US sanctions also affect two of his MMK subsidiaries, which are among the world's largest steel producers. The news agency quoted Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen saying that since Russia's illegal wars afflict innocent people, Putin's allies have enriched themselves and funded prosperous lifestyles.
Let us tell you that Russia started the war by attacking Ukraine on 24 February 2022. It has been more than 6 months since the war between the two countries.