The United States has suspended plans to impose sanctions on the “mistress” of Putin’s Olympic gymnast

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US has secretly halted plans to impose sanctions on Putin’s Olympic gymnast ‘mistress’, fearing it could escalate tensions with Russia

  • Alina Kabaeva, 39, is a former Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion, cover model for Russian Vogue and considered Putin’s girlfriend
  • The lack of sanctions is despite the belief that US officials believe Kabaeva has a role in hiding Putin’s wealth abroad
  • DC officials believe sanctioning Kabaeva would be such a ‘personal’ attack on Putin that tensions between Russia and the West could escalate
  • Officials say Treasury Department prepared to sanction Kabaeva but delayed
  • Moscow has always denied that there is a relationship between Putin and Kabaeva and she herself has denied it

The United States deliberately avoided sanctioning Vladimir Putin’s alleged mistress at the 11th hour, fearing it would further inflame tensions with Russia.

Alina Kabaeva, 39, is a former Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion, cover model for Russian Vogue and considered Putin’s 70-year-old mistress by Washington insiders.

She was in the crosshairs of the US Treasury Department following rumors of her lover’s invasion of Ukraine in February – but dodged sanctions in the 11th hour after the intervention of the National Security Council, the the wall street journal reported.

But officials in Washington believed sanctioning Kabaeva would be such a “personal” attack on Putin that tensions between Russia and the West could escalate further.

She reportedly bore the Russian leader three children and grew rich through her ties to him, meaning she was a prime target for US sanctions after Putin invaded Ukraine in February.

The lack of sanctions is despite the belief that US officials believe Kabaeva has a hand in hiding Putin’s wealth abroad. Government officials told the Wall Street Journal that she remains a potential target for sanctions.

Kabaeva pictured, left, during rehearsal for her Alina 2022 Sports Festival at VTB Arena, Moscow last week

Alina Kabaeva (pictured right), 39, is a former Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion, cover model for Russian Vogue and considered Putin's girlfriend by Washington insiders

Alina Kabaeva (pictured right), 39, is a former Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion, cover model for Russian Vogue and considered Putin’s girlfriend by Washington insiders

A lack of sanctions despite the belief that US officials believe Kabaeva had a role in hiding Putin's wealth abroad

A lack of sanctions despite the belief that US officials believe Kabaeva had a role in hiding Putin’s wealth abroad

“We have prepared sanctions against a number of people who have not yet been sanctioned, and we continue to consider when to impose these sanctions for maximum impact,” an official said.

Moscow has always denied any relationship between Putin and Kabaeva and she herself has denied it.

Putin is portrayed in state media in Russia as living a priest-like life, devoting himself to public service. He has two known daughters, aged 36 and 35, from a previous marriage.

Kabaeva took part in a rhythmic gymnastics performance in Moscow on Saturday and showed her support for the war effort.

America has accused Kabaeva and her family of enriching themselves through the Putin connection and a US intelligence investigation into the 2016 election names her as the beneficiary of Putin’s money.

Kabaeva took part in a rhythmic gymnastics performance in Moscow on Saturday and showed her support for the war effort

Kabaeva took part in a rhythmic gymnastics performance in Moscow on Saturday and showed her support for the war effort

Alina Kabaeva shakes hands with Vladimir Putin during a meeting with other gymnasts in the Kremlin

Alina Kabaeva shakes hands with Vladimir Putin during a meeting with other gymnasts in the Kremlin

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny implored US lawmakers to impose sanctions on Kabaeva on April 6, arguing she was helping Putin hide his money.

The Ukrainian government has also asked Western countries to sanction Kabaeva and Switzerland to ban her from the country, where she is often spotted. The Swiss government denied knowing that Kabaeva was in their country.

A Russian newspaper first reported an engagement between Putin and Kabaeva in 2008. It was shut down days later after Putin denied the story.

Kabaeva and her family have bought two houses, half a dozen apartments and several acres of land since 2013.

Officials in the United States, Switzerland and the European Union said Kabaeva gave birth to Putin’s child in 2015 in Switzerland. A Putin spokesman denied the story.

She also gave birth to twins in 2019, according to Washington.

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