Putin Rumored Girlfriend Calls Russian Media ‘Weapon of Battle’ in Uncommon Speech

The longtime rumored girlfriend of Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the nation’s state media throughout a current uncommon look.

Alina Kabaeva, 39, has chaired the board of administrators of the Nationwide Media Group since 2014. Based in 2008, NMG describes itself as the most important Russian non-public media holding firm and manages content material throughout numerous platforms.

Her feedback have been reportedly made at an NMG anniversary-themed occasion.

“Our folks want this success as a result of data work at the moment within the situations by which we dwell and battle for our nation is sort of a weapon of struggle,” Kabaeva instructed attendees, in line with a translation in a video circulating on-line. “It’s as vital because the Kalashnikov assault rifle. And struggle correspondents know this. Let’s work.”

Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian minister of inside affairs, was amongst these posting the video on Twitter. He referred to her as “Putin’s alleged lover.”

Previous to her prominence within the Russian media market, Kabaeva was each a gymnast and a politician.

After transferring to Moscow as an adolescent, she grew to become one among Russia’s most embellished rhythmic gymnasts in historical past, successful two Olympic medals, 14 World Championship medals, and 21 European Championship medals.

In 1998 in Portugal, she gained the European Championships when she was 15 years outdated.

Retired Russian rhythmic gymnast and politician Alina Kabaeva attends a reception on the Bocharov Ruchey state residence on February 8, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony on February 2 in Volgograd, Russia. The pair have lengthy been rumored to be romantically concerned and to have a number of kids.
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Previous to her retirement from the game in 2004, she and teammate Irina Tchachina have been discovered responsible of utilizing the banned substance furosemide. They have been prohibited from collaborating in any competitions between August 2001 and August 2002.

After leaving the game for good, Kabaeva was a member of the Russian Duma, or parliament, from 2007 to 2014 as a part of Putin’s United Russia get together.

Her work in parliament included advocating for a regulation stopping many Russian orphans from with the ability to be adopted overseas, NPR reported.

Kabaeva is believed to have met Putin within the mid-2000s.

In 2008, Putin divorced his spouse, Lyudmila Shkrebneva, after about 25 years of marriage. They’ve two daughters collectively. The divorce was not acknowledged by the Kremlin till 2013.

Rumors circulated across the time of the divorce that Putin and Kabaeva had secretly gotten engaged.

Days after Russia’s February 24, 2022, invasion of Ukraine, the New York Publish‘s Web page Six reported that Kabaeva and the couple’s alleged 4 kids collectively—two daughters and two sons—went into hiding at a Swiss chalet.

Individuals reported that Kabaeva made a public look final April at a gymnastics exhibition in Moscow. She reportedly delivered remarks in assist of the Russian invasion.

On August 2, 2022, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned Kabaeva and quite a few different Russian “elites.” She was beforehand sanctioned by the European Union and United Kingdom.

Monetary information and tax paperwork uncovered by The Washington Publish in 2021 additionally purported to indicate that Putin has a toddler with a further mistress named Svetlana Krivonogikh.