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Putin’s daughters face possible EU, US sanctions over Ukraine invasion

The European Union has proposed sanctioning two daughters of President Vladimir Putin, in line with diplomats conversant in the plan, a transfer that might add the Russian chief’s closest members of the family to a rising record of people sanctioned in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Biden administration is anticipated to announce sanctions on Mr. Putin’s daughters this week, U.S. officers mentioned.

EU member states nonetheless should approve the sanctions, that are amongst dozens of newly proposed, focused journey bans and asset freezes in opposition to Russian enterprise folks, politicians, officers and their households. EU officers introduced particulars of different new sanctions earlier Tuesday. They embrace a ban on imports of Russian coal, slashing the entry of Russian highway carriers and ships into the bloc, restrictions geared toward oligarchs and their households, and the blocking of some high-technology equipment exports.

Mr. Putin doesn’t converse publicly about his household. He has two daughters together with his former spouse, Lyudmila Putina, in line with the Kremlin. It isn’t identified if Mr. Putin has different youngsters, and it couldn’t be realized if the daughters being focused within the EU sanctions have been these he has publicly acknowledged.

In 2013, the couple mentioned their marriage was over. The next yr, the Kremlin confirmed that the Russian president had finalized the divorce of his spouse of almost 30 years. The Kremlin didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark in regards to the EU sanction plans.

The president’s private life is mostly shrouded in secrecy. His separation in 2013 from his spouse, a former stewardess for Russia’s nationwide service Aeroflot, got here in a shock announcement in a short look after a efficiency of the ballet “La Esmeralda” on the Kremlin theater. It set the stage for the primary divorce, the next yr, of a Russian chief since Peter the Nice and ended years of hypothesis in regards to the state of the couple’s union. Mr. Putin described the tip of the wedding as a “joint resolution.”

The couple’s daughters have largely saved out of public view, to such an extent that many Russians don’t know what they appear to be.

In 2020, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov advised reporters that Mr. Putin doesn’t take note of numerous publications about his non-public life and his state of well being. The Russian president normally explains his reluctance to speak about his private life “as a matter of safety and a need to stay nameless for his family members to allow them to dwell a traditional life,” Russia’s state information company, TASS reported that yr.


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