Washington (CNN) — The Treasury Department of the United States sanctioned on Tuesday the alleged girlfriend of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, 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.
Alina Maratovna Kabaeva, who has been romantically linked to the Russian leader, was sanctioned “but not to be heard by any director, official, high executive or member of the board of directors of the Government of the Russian Federation”, according to a communique from the Department of the Treasury.
This statement describes Kabaeva, 39 years old, as someone who has “a close relationship with Putin”. Es exmiembro de la Duma estatal “y es la actual jefa del Grupo Nacional de Medios, un imperio pro-Kremlin de organizaciones de televisión, radio e imprenta”.
In April, the Wall Street Journal reported that EE.UU. estaba considerado sancionar a Kabaeva, pero existía la preoccupation de que tal medida inflamaría las tensiones dada su proximity a Putin.
Kabaeva was previously sanctioned by the European Union and the United Kingdom.
But separately, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, announced sanctions against three oligarchs, a Russian state company supervised by the Ministry of Transport, “four persons and one entity that operate illegally in the territory of Ukraine in collaboration with Russia”, and against 24 Russian entities related to defense and technology.
The United States is also imposing visa restrictions on 893 officials of the Russian Federation and “31 officials of foreign governments who have acted before supporting the alleged annexation of the region of Crimea in Ukraine by part of Russia and, therefore, threatened or violated la soberanía de Ukraina,” said Blinken.
Muchas de las designations anunciadas por EE.UU. apuntan a oligarcas que previously fueron sanctioned por aliados como el Reino Unido, Australia, Canadá y la Unión Europea. Estas sanctions occur when the war in Ukraine entered its sixth month.
“Estilos de vida opulentos”
“While innocent people are suffering the war of illegal aggression of Russia, Putin’s allies are enriching and financing opulent lifestyles,” said Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in a statement. “The Department of the Treasury will use all the tools at its disposal before ensuring that the Russian elites and the Kremlin facilitators are accountable for their complicity in a war that has cost countless lives.”
Los oligarcas sanctioned by the Department of State on Tuesday, Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, Alexander Anatolevich Ponomarenko and Dmitry Aleksandrovich Pumpyanskiy. The yacht AXIOMA was identified as property blocked in the Pumpyanskiy tiene un interes, the Department of State said in an information sheet.
According to this information sheet, Ponomarenko “is an oligarch with close ties to other oligarchs and the construction of the coastal palace of Vladimir Putin” which has been previously sanctioned by the United Kingdom, the EU, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Among the oligarchs sanctioned by the Department of the Treasury on Tuesday, Andrey Grigoryevich Guryev, the Russian multimillionaire founder of the chemical company “PhosAgro” and ex-government official described by the Treasury as “a familiar close associate” of Putin. También está sanctioned por el Reino Unido y, según el Tesoro de EE.UU. “es dueño de la property de Witanhurst, que es la segunda más grande property de Londres después del Palacio de Buckingham”.
The Department of the Treasury identified the martes el yacht Alfa Nero, supposedly owned by AG Guryev, as a blocked property.
The son of AG Guryev, Andrey Andreevich Guryev, was also sanctioned by the EU. on Tuesday, after having previously been sanctioned by Australia, Canada, the European Union, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, as well as his investment firm Dzhi AI Invest OOO.
Natalya Valeryevna Popova was sanctioned “for operating or having operated in the technological sector of the economy of the Russian Federation, y por ser or having as a leader, functionary, high executive or member of the board of directors of LLC VEB Ventures”, which is una entity sanctioned. It was also sanctioned by the wife of Kirill Aleksandrovich Dmitriev, director general of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). Both he and the RDIF were sanctioned in the days after the beginning of the war.
The Joint Stock Company Promising Industrial and Infrastructure Technologies, “una institución financia propiedad de la Agencia Federal Rusa para la Gestión de la Propiedad Estatal”, and its general director, Anton Sergeevich Urusov, were sanctioned on Tuesday in relation to the alleged evasion of sanctions .
According to the Treasury Department, “JSC PPIT intends to facilitate the elusion of sanctions imposed on the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)”.
El Departamento del Tesoro sanctioned the Public Aktsionernoe Obschestvo Magnitogorskiy Metallurgicheskiy Kombinat (MMK), described as “uno de los productores de steel más grandes del mundo”, al presidente de su junta directive, Viktor Filippovich Rashnikov —quien también ha sido sanctioned por Australia, Canada and the EU, Switzerland and the United Kingdom—both of MMK’s subsidiaries.
“MMK is one of the major contributors of Russia and provides a substantial source of income to the Government of the Russian Federation,” said the Department of the Treasury. The agency has authorized a period of liquidation before the transactions with MMK and one of its subsidiaries.