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Sanctioning Alina Kabaeva would deal a heavy blow: Expert

Sanctioning Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rumored girlfriend, Alina Kabaeva, would deal a heavy blow to the Russian chief and needs to be thought-about because the US continues to weigh responses to Russia’s ongoing battle in Ukraine, Russian-born former US intelligence officer Rebekah Koffler mentioned on “Jesse Watters Primetime.”

US officers reportedly determined in opposition to sanctioning the 38-year-old Russian gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Kabaeva citing issues that it was too drastic, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

Koffler, a former US DIA intelligence officer targeted on Russia and the creator of “Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America,” advised Jesse Watters on Monday that the transfer would “definitely harm” Putin, each from a private and monetary standpoint.

“Sadly, she will not be able to stopping Putin from waging battle on Ukraine. However, it’ll definitely harm,” Koffler mentioned. “It’ll make her life depressing, and it’ll undoubtedly, undoubtedly [cause] some harm to his holdings, his wealth that’s stashed away in all types of tax havens together with unfold amongst his kinfolk and household.”

Koffler mentioned the reasoning for US officers to not sanction Kabaeva – who’s believed to be the mom of no less than three of Putin’s kids – makes “no sense.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting of the Prosecutor General's Office Board in Moscow, Russia, Monday, April 25, 2022.
US officers determined in opposition to sanctioning Kabaeva as a result of it could be too drastic, although it has potential to harm Putin.
Sergei Gubeyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photograph through AP
Rebekah Koffler is seen on set of "Candace" on March 15, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Russian-born former U.S. intelligence officer Rebekah Koffler mentioned it “is unnecessary” for the US to not impose sanctions on Kabaeva.
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“The Treasury and the State Division have put collectively a Draconian sanctions bundle, however then the Biden Administration has backed out on the final minute, and this is totally ridiculous as a result of they’ve already accomplished a lot rhetoric that it’s perceived by the Russians as a complete battle on Russia, consider it or not,” Koffler mentioned. Putin is portraying himself as the sufferer, so not sanctioning [Kabaeva] is unnecessary.”

Watters mentioned freezing Kabeva’s financial institution accounts, whereas “unorthodox,” may very well be the correct plan of action to hit Putin near house.

“She will’t get her beef Wellington, she will be able to’t get her massages, she will be able to’t go snowboarding, she will be able to’t even refill her little automobile with petrol as they name it over there,” the “Jesse Watters Primetime” host mentioned. “That’s the transfer, I believe that’s an enormous transfer we should always significantly think about and deploy as a result of proper now, it’s simply destruction in that nation. We’ve got to strive one thing unorthodox.”

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