UK adds Russian President Putin’s ex-wife, alleged girlfriend, to sanctions list

LONDON: The UK government on Friday added more names to its list of financial sanctions against the Russian president Vladimir Putinincluding his ex-wife and a retired gymnast allegedly linked to him, in response to the ongoing conflict with Ukraine.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom Liz The farm He said the latest tranche of sanctions was aimed at hitting Putin’s “portfolio” with family and friends, whom he rewarded with government positions and wealth in exchange for their endless loyalty. She noted that while Official assets of the Russian president are “modest”, his way of life is financed by a group of family, friends and elite.
“We are uncovering and focusing on the shadow network that maintains Putin’s luxurious lifestyle and tightens the vice in his inner circle. “We will continue to impose sanctions on anyone who helps and assists Putin’s aggression as long as Ukraine prevails,” Trus said.
The UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs said official records listed several assets of President Putin, including: a small apartment in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg, two Soviet-era cars from the 1950s, a trailer and a small garage.
“In fact, Putin relies on his network of family, childhood friends and a select elite who have benefited from his rule and in turn supported his way of life. “Their reward is influence on the affairs of the Russian state, which far exceeds their official positions,” the foreign ministry said.
Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, the former first lady of the Russian Federation, is on the list of sanctions for benefiting from preferential business relations with state-owned enterprises after her divorce from Putin in 2014.
Retired Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva is also on the sanctions list. The foreign ministry said it had become chairman of the board of the National Media Group, which is said to be Russia’s largest private media company, and said it had “close personal relations with Putin”.
Anna Zatseplina, grandmother of, was also sanctioned Alina Kabaeva and an aide to Gennady Timchenko, a longtime Putin aide sanctioned by the United Kingdom in February 2022. Others include Putin’s first cousins, Russian businessmen and close friends who are reportedly part of a “conspiracy that owes Putin his wealth and power and in turn support his war machine ”.
The foreign ministry said Friday’s sanctions isolated family members and financiers deep inside Putin’s inner circle, “increasing” pressure on the Russian president as he continues his “senseless invasion of Ukraine”.
Following the invasion, the United Kingdom claims to have sanctioned or designated more than 1,000 individuals and 100 legal entities, including oligarchs with a net global value of more than £ 117 billion.
The sanctions cover the freezing of assets, which does not allow a UK citizen or any UK business to operate with any funds or economic resources owned, held or controlled by the designated person. A travel ban also applies, which means that a certain person must be denied permission to enter or stay in the United Kingdom.

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