VLADIMIR Putin’s alleged lover was reportedly despatched to Siberia after sanctions made it nearly inconceivable to journey to the West.
However since Russia’s brutal and bloody invasion of Ukraine in February final yr, Western sanctions on these near the Kremlin have made it more durable and more durable for Kabaeva to journey to the West.
The 2 are rumoured to have been courting since 2008 when the Russian chief was nonetheless married to his first spouse, Lyudmila Putina.
Three years earlier, he was pictured giving Kabaeva a distinguished award on the Kremlin.
Kabaeva is understood to have given beginning in Switzerland in 2015 and in Moscow in 2019.
Putin has by no means admitted to any relationship with Kabaeva, and state media bans any point out of hyperlinks between the 2.
Kabaeva has been pictured within the Siberian metropolis of Omsk after flying there underneath excessive safety.
She was seen attending the Evgeniya Cup for little one athletes, some 2,000 miles from the palaces she is believed to share with Putin.
One of many dachas is hidden away within the forests of Valdai, northern Russia, whereas the opposite overlooks the Black Sea at Gelendzhik, lower than 100 miles from the border with Ukraine, the place Russian troopers are committing numerous atrocities.
The gymnastics match featured little one athletes from components of Ukraine illegally annexed by Russia, in addition to from pro-Putin states equivalent to Belarus and Cuba.
It is not clear how lengthy Kabaeva might be in Siberia, nevertheless it comes as rumours swirl that she is angling for a prime political job.
She is believed to be plotting to succeed as speaker of the nation’s senate for the Federation Council, a robust position in Russia’s regime.
The submit is presently held by 74-year-old Valentina Matviyenko, Putin’s most senior feminine official who is predicted to be retiring quickly.
Kabaeva and Matviyenko have been pictured collectively final month at a gymnastics centre owned by the previous athlete within the Black Sea resort of Sochi, the place Putin’s summer time palace is positioned.
A former dissident Russian MP, Maria Maksakova, has claimed that Kabaeva is trying to set up herself in a robust position within the occasion that Putin turns into too sick to rule or is compelled from workplace.
She informed the Ukrainian outlet Fakty Ukraine: “Concerning the destiny of Kabaeva, I feel she needs to get the position of Valentina Matviyenko, even when it appears to be fairly laborious.”
Maria added that Kabaeva “understands future threats” in addition to the danger to her and her kids if Putin steps down.
She went on: “[Kabaeva] additionally realises her sports activities profession and medals won’t save her from an unpleasant doable destiny.”
It comes after an ex-CIA analyst claimed Putin’s death could trigger the breakup of Russia right into a collection of nuclear-armed mini-states run by brutal warlords.
Paul Goble informed The Solar On-line: “Individuals at the moment are rather more open to the chance that the Russian Federation may not be capable to stay in a single piece.”
He predicted that the world is going through “Yugoslavia with nukes” in reference to the bloody break-up of the previous Balkan state.