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Russia and Ukraine: Britain adds Putin's ex-wife and "girlfriend" to sanctions list

Russia and Ukraine: Britain adds Putin’s ex-wife and “girlfriend” to sanctions list

  • patrick jackson
  • BBC News

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Alina Kabaeva and Lyudmila Ocheretnaya

Britain has imposed sanctions on the ex-wife of Russian President Vladimir Putin and another woman believed to be his current girlfriend over the invasion of Ukraine.

Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, who was married to the Russian president until 2014, and former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabaeva, are facing a travel ban to the United Kingdom and a freeze of their assets there.

Britain has now placed more than 1,000 people on Russia’s sanctions list.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said Britain was “working to tighten the screws” on Putin’s “close circle”.