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UK imposes economic sanctions against Putin’s ex-wife and relatives

Latest NewsUK imposes economic sanctions against Putin's ex-wife and relatives

The quickest way to reduce Vladimir Putin’s “luxury lifestyle” is to go along with the “cabal” that surrounds him, the UK government explained on Friday as it announced a new package of economic sanctions that would include the Russian president’s ex-wife. , her lover and a group of relatives. Putin, according to various sources, is associated with a yacht worth more than 650 million euros or a palace on the Black Sea worth almost 1,200 million, although its official owner is Arkady Rotenberg, who was already sanctioned by the British authorities in December 2020.

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“Putin’s officially declared wealth is modest, and his lifestyle is funded by a cabal of family, friends and elites. [rusa]”, the statement explains, in which the names and positions of the new sanctions were announced. According to Kremlin documents, the British Foreign Office says, the Russian president owns a small apartment in St. Petersburg, two Soviet-era cars and a small garage.

The ex-wife of the Russian leader Lyudmila Ocheretnaya divorced him in 2014. They have two daughters, Maria, 37, and Katerina, 35. Their public appearances are very rare, as they were before the breakup of the marriage. Since then, “he has benefited from preferential business relationships with public government entities and has demonstrated enormous unwarranted wealth,” assured the British government, which considers Ocheretnaya “a close ally of Putin who derives material or financial benefits from these relationships.” . Those of his assets that are available to the Johnson government will be frozen and he will be banned from entering the UK.

“We are gradually pointing out and exposing on the network that from the shadows he supported Putin’s luxurious lifestyle, and we are tightening the screws around his inner circle,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said. “We will continue to impose sanctions on everyone who helps or is involved in Putin’s aggression until Ukraine wins,” he promised. The UK has already imposed sanctions on more than a thousand individuals and about 100 legal entities. The value of the frozen assets of Russian oligarchs reaches almost 138 billion euros.

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In the “inner circle” that surrounds Putin, who has become the new target of the government of Boris Johnson, is his beloved, Olympic gymnast Alina Kabaeva. She worked her way up the career ladder and became the chairman of the board of directors of the National Media Group, Russia’s largest private media company. She was a member of the Duma, the Russian legislative assembly, from Putin’s United Russia party. Together with her, her grandmother Anna Zatseplina also fell under economic sanctions. According to London, he is closely linked to Gennady Timochenko, a former associate of Putin. Zatseplina received a luxurious apartment in Moscow from Timochenko.

Igor Putin, Mikhail Putin and Roman Putin, all businessmen and cousins ​​of the Russian president, are on Britain’s new list of economic sanctions. This also includes Mikhail Shelomov, the leader’s second cousin and owner of the Akcept company, which shares employees with the firm that owns the palace that Putin enjoys.

Finally, friends of the Russian president, such as Alexander Plekhov, Mikhail Klishin, Vladimir Kolbin or Yuris Shamalov, who hold relevant positions in Russia’s state economic organization, will also suffer from freezing their assets abroad and limiting their ability to travel.

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