Sanctioning Putin’s mistress would ‘deal a heavy blow to Kremlin’, expert says

Sanctioning Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rumoured girlfriend Alina Kabaeva would deal a heavy blow to the embattled Kremlin chief, an expert has said.

The US opted against sanctioning the 38-year-old Russian gymnast and Olympic gold medallist citing concerns that it was too drastic, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

However, Russian-born former US intelligence officer Rebekah Koffler said on Jesse Watters Primetime that it should be considered and that this move made "no sense".

Koffler, a former US DIA intelligence officer focused on Russia and the author of Putin’s Playbook: Russia ’s Secret Plan to Defeat America, told Jesse Watters on Monday that the move would “certainly hurt” Putin, both from a personal and financial standpoint.

“Unfortunately, she is not capable of stopping Putin from waging war on Ukraine. But, it will certainly hurt,” Koffler said.

“It will make her life miserable, and it will definitely, definitely [cause] some damage to his holdings, his wealth that is stashed away in all kinds of tax havens including spread among his relatives and family.”

Koffler added: “The Treasury and the State Department have put together a Draconian sanctions package, but then the Biden Administration has backed out at the last minute, and this is completely ridiculous because they have already done so much rhetoric that it is perceived by the Russians as a total war on Russia, believe it or not.

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"Putin is portraying himself as the victim, so not sanctioning [Kabaeva] makes no sense.”

The expert added that sanctioning Kabaeva would hit close to home for Putin.

“She can’t get her beef Wellington, she can’t get her massages, she can’t go skiing, she can’t even fill up her little car with petrol as they call it over there,” the Jesse Watters Primetime host said.

“That is the move, I think that’s a big move we should seriously consider and deploy because right now, it is just destruction in that country. We have to try something unorthodox.”

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