¿Quién es Alina Kabaeva, la presunta novia de Putin?

(CNN Español) — It’s been more than a decade that rumors in the international press romantically linked Alina Kabaeva to Vladimir Putin. Ahora quien fuera una recognized rhythmic gymnast in her country and Olympic champion vuelve to occupy the headlines of the newspapers tras ser sanctioned por los gobiernos de Estados Unidos, Reino Unido y la Unión Europea, precisely por su cercanía con el presidente de Russia quién desató una The war in Ukraine has been going on for more than five months.

A los dos rara vez se le ve juntos. Su relación, que Putin ha negado desde entonces, no está clara. Pero hay más de una decada de rumors, que no se atenúan con el tiempo. ¿Quién es la supuesta novia del presidente de Russia?

De gymnasta y campeona olympica a dirigir un conglomerado de medias pro-Kremlin

Alina Kabaeva

The champion Alina Kabaeva from Russia poses with the ball during the final of the individual competition of the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship in Osaka on October 2, 1999. Kabaeva scored 10.00 points in the ball event before winning the gold medal. (Credit: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP via Getty Images)

Alina Kabaeva was born in 1983 in Uzbekistan, which was then a Soviet republic. At the age of 13, he debuted in rhythmic gymnastics and won his first world rope title in 1998, according to his biography published on the official website of the Olympic Games.

Since then, she became a renowned gymnast who won multiple medals in her country, in European competitions and in the Olympic Games. Fue precisely en esta época que conoció supuestamente a Putin.

At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Kabaeva won the gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics. Al igual que otros athletas rusosos, no se libro de los problemas con el dopaje: en 2001 perdió sus medallas después de dar positivo a una sustancia prohibida en los Goodwill Games. Sin embargo, no se le prohibió competir porque un medicamento falsificado había sido la causa de la condena, dice su biografía en el sitio oficial de los Juegos Olímpicos.

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Tras ser campeona en Atenas, se fue “retirando poco a poco” del deporte y dio el salto a la política. He occupied a seat in the State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament, with the governing party Russia United.

After passing through the Duma, Kabaeva was elected as one of the torchbearers when Russia organized the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, an event that took place shortly before Russia illegally annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

I am currently the director of the National Media Group, a media conglomerate that the United States Treasury Department describes as “a pro-Kremlin empire of television, radio and printing organizations.”

According to the diary The Wall Street Journal, american officials affirm that she and her family are enriched thanks to their closeness to Putin, even though the Kremlin continues to negado cualquier relación entre ambos. El Departamento del Tesoro de Estados Unidos se ha negado a commentar el caso.

The photo taken on December 24, 2007 shows the recently elected deputies of the Russian State Duma, Svetlana Khorkina (Left) and Alina Kabayeva (Right), world champion of rhythmic gymnastics, who attended the first session in Moscow. (Credit: ALEXEY SAZONOV/AFP via Getty Images)

Sus comentarios a favor de la guerra

Kabaeva has made public declarations in support of the Russian military since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. Poco después de que iniciara la invasión, the ex-gymnasta broke the silence and appeared in an event in Moscow where he criticized the measures that affect the Russian sportsmen.

“Si las compencias se van a llevar a cabo solo en Rusia, entonces, por el contrario, los gymnastas van a ser mejores, más spectaculares, y los gymnastas rusos no están perdiendo nada en esta situación”, he said.

Recently, in a context of symbolism in times of war, he called on Russia to support Putin’s military effort: “Cada familia tiene una historia guerra, y no debreimos olvidarla. Deberíamos transmitirla de generación en generación”.

The sanctions of the United States, the United Kingdom and the EU

The Treasury Department of the United States sanctioned this Tuesday the alleged girlfriend of the Russian president as part of a series of measures aimed at the Russian elites in the last attempt of the Biden administration to punish the Kremlin for its ongoing war in Ukraine.

Sanctions arrive after the United States officials debated on imposing sanctions on Kabaeva, considering that such a decision could increase tensions as an extremely personal coup against Putin, according to the newspaper. The Wall Street Journal in April

Alina Maratovna Kabaeva was sanctioned “but ser o haber sido director, funcionaria, alta ejecutiva o membro de la junta directive del Gobierno de la Federación Russa”, according to a communiqué from the Department of the Treasury.

Regardless of his real relationship with the president of Russia, the appearance of the name of Kabaeva – who is still relatively unknown outside of Russia – in the list of sanctions of the United States and the European Union will cause his finances to be the object of enormous international scrutiny .

CNN contacted the National Media Group, directed by Kabaeva, before obtener comentarios sobre las ciones propuestas.

Con información de Luke McGee y Jennifer Hansler de CNN

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