The US on Tuesday approved the estranged girlfriend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, along with other members of the Moscow elite and businesses it says are enabling war in Ukraine.
Announcing the measures, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement, “The United States is taking additional action to ensure that the Kremlin and its supporters feel the complex effects of our response to the Kremlin’s unconscious war.” “
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said her agency would “use every tool at our disposal to ensure that the Russian elite and Kremlin supporters are held accountable for their involvement in a war that took countless lives.” Is”.
Treasury Department said it had sanctioned a number of elite Kremlin affiliates, including Alina Kabaeva, a former Olympic rhythmic gymnast and Member of Parliament, whom the US described as having “close ties with Putin”.
It also listed a large multinational company, a yacht and an anti-theft operation among other entities that were banned.
Kabaeva, who is the chairman of the board of a media company owned by some of Putin’s close aides, was ratified by the UK and the European Union earlier this year.
Putin has said almost nothing about his personal life since divorcing his first wife, Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, in 2013. His eldest daughters Maria and Katerina lead state-funded science programs and occasionally appear in public under pseudonyms.
However, Russian tabloids have reported that Putin has been in a relationship with Kabaeva since 2008, when a newspaper was shut down after the two claimed to be engaged.
America too Approved Father-son chemical businessman Andrey Guryev, founder of fertilizer producer FosAgro, and his son, Andrey, also former CEO of the company.
The elder Guryev owns Wittenhurst, the second largest home in London after Buckingham Palace, and the Alfa Nero, a yacht he bought in 2014 for $120 million.
The US described Guryev as a “known close ally” of Putin, whose doctoral thesis supervisor Vladimir Litvinenko owned more than 20 percent of FosAgro before transferring most of the stake to his wife in May.
It also said that several other newly sanctioned oligarchs were “Putin supporters”, including Alexander Ponomarenko, co-owner of Moscow’s largest airport, who said it had “close ties with other oligarchs and Vladimir Putin”. The construction of a seaside palace”.
The Treasury said FosAgro, fellow fertilizer producer Eurochem, and the airport were not subject to the sanctions.
The US and the European Union last month issued clarifications to exempt Russian agricultural and fertilizer exports from sanctions as part of Moscow’s efforts to lift a blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports.