After Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, the international community, including the United States, has designated Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close associates as targets of sanctions, and Putin’s women are appearing one after another.
The New York Times reported on the 15th (local time) that Putin could have four more children from two other women, in addition to his ex-wife Lyudmila Putina.
According to the New York Times, Putin and ex-wife Lyud Mila have two daughters, Maria Vorontova and Ekaterina Tikonova. They are currently on the Western sanctions list.
The second woman is known as Svetlano Krybonogik, who had previously worked as a housekeeper.
In the ‘Pandora Papers’ released by the International Association of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) last year, it is recorded that Krybonogik gave birth to Putin’s daughter, Louisa Rozova.
The document states that Kribonogik acquired a $3.75 million (4.8 billion won) apartment in Monaco through an overseas corporation within a few weeks of giving birth. He also records that he has assets worth 100 billion won.
His daughter Kribonogik, who lives in an apartment in Monaco, posted a picture of herself enjoying a luxurious life on Instagram.
If you look at the published photos, he looks a lot like Putin. However, the account was deleted after a lot of malicious comments after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
The third lover is Alina Kabaeva, a well-known former national rhythmic gymnast and gold medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
It is known that Kabaeva and Putin have at least three children.
Kabaeva, known as Putin’s unofficial lover, is from Uzbekistan and a gold medalist in rhythmic gymnastics at the 2004 Athens Olympics. She also won 14 medals at the world championships alone.
Recently, rumors of pregnancy have been reported. The British Mirror reported on the 8th that Kabaeva was pregnant, citing Russian independent news channel ‘General SVR’.
According to The Mirror, Russian political expert Valery Solovyev said that “President Putin was angry when he heard the news of Kabaeva’s pregnancy.”
After retiring, Kabaeva has been active in important positions, including serving as a member of the pro-Putin-oriented United Russia Party. The Kremlin is responding to these reports as groundless, but it appears that the UK has recently imposed sanctions on Kabaeva, and Western sanctions have turned it into a fact.
In fact, the UK announced on the 13th that it would impose sanctions on 12 family members and friends, including Kabaeva.
The European Union (EU) is also pushing for Kabaeva sanctions.
Earlier, the European Commission announced on the 5th that it had included sanctions against Kabaeva, who is currently the chairman of the National Media Group, Russia’s largest media company, in the sixth round of sanctions against Russia.
However, it remains to be seen whether the individual Kabaeva sanctions can be implemented in practice, as the governments of the 27 EU member states must unanimously agree to the passage of the sanctions.
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