Canada bans alleged spouse of Vladimir Putin

Ottawa – Canada is imposing sanctions on Alina Kabaeva, the wife of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The former Olympic gymnast is among 22 close aides to the Russian regime who have been added to Ottawa’s sanctions list following the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin’s troops.

The UK had already imposed sanctions on Ms Kabaeva earlier this month, and her name is also said to be included in a draft list of people who could be targeted by the EU.

At the time, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie did not rule out taking a similar step, saying Canada wanted to stick with its allies when it comes to imposing sanctions on people linked to President Putin.

“The goal is always to make sure that we are aligned with Europe and the United States, so we have a common approach within the G7, Ms. Jolie declared upon leaving the cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning. which has been our aim from the very beginning, and that is what we will continue to do.

The latest round of sanctions, which also includes four financial institutions, went into effect last Friday. Russia has sanctioned more than 1,500 individuals and entities since its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Asked on Tuesday about the actual effectiveness of these sanctions, Minister Jolie said there was “disappointment on the part of many in the business community” in Russia.

“We also know there are protest movements going on within Russia. Now, we aim to create repeated pressure, because we think that pressure works,” she said.

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