Alina Kabaeva is suspected of having a secret family with the Russian president. Earlier this week, she was pictured touring the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. Ms. Kabaeva, an Olympic gold-winning rhythmic gymnast, is said to have flown into the city for the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Putin is likely to use the forum as part of an effort to save the country from crippling economic sanctions imposed in response to his invasion of Ukraine.
Mrs. Kabaeva was noticed in the museum by an eyewitness.
She told news channel Fontanka that her female companions, who may have been plainclothes bodyguards, were prevented from getting closer to Putin’s suspected collaborator.
Last week she was seen at a gymnastics training camp in Sochi.
These are the only two times she has appeared in public since she was sanctioned by the UK, EU and Canada.
The sanctions were imposed because of her alleged close personal relationship with Putin.
Announcing the sanctions, the EU said: “Alina Kabaeva is the chairman of the board of directors of the National Media Group (NMG), a holding company that has major interests in almost all major Russian federal media outlets that promote the propaganda of the Russian government. reproduce.
“She is a former Russian gymnast and former member of the State Duma.
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The General SVR Telegram channel, reportedly run by a Kremlin insider, claimed that Putin was afflicted with “sharp illness, weakness and dizziness”.
The Russian president is said to have been advised not to give “prolonged” public appearances.
His symptoms developed after he got up from his desk after a 90-minute virtual meeting.
The Telegram channel claimed that this recent period of ill health is why Putin has postponed his annual “Direct Line” live broadcast.
The broadcast traditionally sees the Russian leader answering questions from ordinary Russian people.
While it was initially thought to take place in late June or early July, it has now been taken off the calendar with no date set for the event.