The United States and Britain have announced sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes, on two of Putin’s daughters, Maria Vorontsova and Katerina Butina, since his first marriage. They are employed by the Russian state. But he will also have other children … in Switzerland.
A thick veil envelops his family ties and emotional affairs.
In 2002, Russian media claimed that Putin used his influence to ensure that Oksana Fedorova was awarded the title of Miss Universe. The competition then returned to Donald Trump. The year before, when she won the title of Miss Russia, the media was already reporting that Putin had intervened to ensure her victory.
In 2013 Putin announced that he had divorced his wife, Lyudmila Shkrebneva, with whom he had been married for 30 years. It was said that he broke up with his lover Alina Kabaeva, one of the most decorated women in the history of rhythmic gymnastics: two Olympic medals and 14 world championship medals.
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Alina Kabaeva in 2000
After Lyudmila and Oksana, Alina
Rumors began linking her with Putin, who is 30 years her senior, when she was a deputy from his party in the State Duma in 2008. A citizen, she receives a salary of $10.5 million annually. His mother got a luxury apartment from the Russian state company Gazprom. Jailed opposition leader Alexis Navalny has claimed that Putin married the former Olympic gymnast in a secret ceremony.
Unlike other members of Putin’s inner circle, Alina Kabaeva was not punished. She is believed to have lived in Switzerland with four of Putin’s children since 2019, when she was last seen in Russia. The couple are said to have two twin daughters who are believed to have been born near Lugano in February 2015, and two sons who were also born in Switzerland.
The Swiss Federal Council has frozen the assets of a list of members of Putin’s entourage. But not the children of Alina Kabaeva and Putin’s four children, all of whom have Swiss passports.
Swiss investigation into Putin’s case
The petition launch site Change.org, which has more than 300 million users, has set up a website demanding the expulsion of Alina Kabaeva from Switzerland. With 73,356 signatures, the number approaches 75,000, making it one of the most signed sites on Change.org!
The petition, posted online by Russians, Ukrainians and Belarusians, calls on the Swiss authorities to investigate her Swiss citizenship and why she has not been sanctioned.
Switzerland, according to her, should also take care of the origins of the funds used to purchase his luxury home in this country. The authors of the petition concluded their text with advice to Switzerland: “Reunite Eva Braun with the Fuhrer!”