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Putins rumored girlfriend hit with latest U.S. sanctions

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The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the federal government has frozen the visa of Alina Kabaeva.

In this Nov. 4, 2004, file photo, President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks with gymnast Alina Kabaeva at a Kremlin banquet in Moscow. AP Photo / ITAR-TASS, Presidential Press Service, File

By FATIMA HUSSEIN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) A fresh round of U.S. sanctions targeting Russian elites carries a woman named in news reports as Vladimir Putins longtime romantic partner.

The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the federal government has frozen the visa of Alina Kabaeva, an Olympic gymnast in her youth and former person in hawaii Duma, and imposed other property restrictions. The department said she actually is also head of a Russian national media company that promotes Russias invasion of Ukraine.

Critics of the Kremlin and imprisoned Russian rights campaigner Alexey Navalny have already been calling for sanctions against Kabaeva, saying her news outlet took the lead in portraying Western commentary on the invasion as a disinformation campaign.

The U.K. sanctioned Kabaeva in-may and the EU imposed travel and asset restrictions on her behalf in June.

Also named in Treasurys latest sanctions package is Andrey Grigoryevich Guryev, an oligarch who owns the Witanhurst estate, a 25-bedroom mansion this is the second-largest estate in London after Buckingham Palace.

His $120 million yacht, the Alfa Nero, was also defined as blocked property. Also sanctioned was his son Andrey Andreevich Guryev and his sons Russian investment firm Dzhi AI Invest OOO.

As innocent people have problems with Russias illegal war of aggression, Putins allies have enriched themselves and funded opulent lifestyles, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement.

As well as our allies, america will also continue steadily to choke off revenue and equipment underpinning Russias unprovoked war in Ukraine.

HAWAII Department also imposed additional visa restrictions along with other sanctions.

In April, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Putins adult daughters Katerina Vladimirovna Tikhonova and Maria Vladimirovna Vorontsova.

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