Canada adds Putin’s alleged girlfriend to sanctions list

Canada has imposed sanctions on Alina Kabaeva, believed to be the girlfriend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The former Olympic gymnast is one of 22 close aides to the Russian regime added to the sanctions list following the country’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The UK sanctioned Kabaeva earlier this month and her name is also said to have appeared on a draft list of people who could be sanctioned by the European Union.

At the time, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly did not rule out making a similar move, saying Canada wanted to stand shoulder to shoulder with its allies in imposing sanctions on those linked to Putin.

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Canada announces new round of sanctions against supporters of President Vladimir Putin

Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly said this round of sanctions targets banks, oligarchs and Putin’s current partner.

“We have to stifle Putin’s regime. That’s been our goal from the start and that’s what we will continue to do,” Joly said in a tussle with reporters on Tuesday.

She said that although Canada and its allies do not impose sanctions on the same people and organizations at the same time, their approach is always coordinated.

“What we do is sometimes we take the lead, sometimes we work with the Americans, sometimes we work with the Europeans,” she said.

“At the end of the day, when all the G7 ministers come together, we know we’re working on the same entities and individuals.”

The latest set of sanctions, which also include four financial institutions, came into effect last Friday.

Canada has sanctioned more than 1,500 individuals and entities since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.