QUESTIONS have been raised after the name and picture of Vladimir Putin’s lover disappeared dramatically from the website of the media empire she controls.
Alina Kabaeva, 38, was on the board of the National Media Group (NMG) but has now suddenly disappeared.
Navalny singled out Kabaeva’s television and newspaper group, arguing that it probably personally belonged to the Russian despot.
It has been estimated that Kabaeva makes almost £8million a year on the network, compared to the average annual salary of £5,600.
Navalny posted from jail: “Let me remind you that the National Media Group, which owns the lion’s share of this apparatus of lies, is undoubtedly owned by Putin personally, and as such is even formally headed by Putin’s mistress Alina Kabaeva.”
There was no explanation from NMG that this week the name and picture of Putin’s alleged lover were removed, along with the rest of the directors’ section of the site, leaving a blank page.
She has held the post of CEO since 2014, despite having no media or business experience whatsoever.
Navalny said: “The most decisive measures must be taken to make the work of these Goebbels heirs more difficult, from a total ban on the supply and maintenance of equipment to the search for their assets in the West and visa ‘black lists’. .”
The power of the state and private pro-Kremlin media is seen as crucial to supporting Putin in the war.
“Propagandists create a public opinion that no longer simply allows Putin to commit war crimes, but demands them from him,” said Navalny.
“War mongers should be treated like war criminal.”
Kabaeva has kept a low profile on the war, but her media has been vocal about cheerleading Putin.
She previously ignored the leap toward war when she was caught in a video dancing in Moscow in December.
It has been speculated that she and her supposedly secret family, including the Kremlin strongman, are either hiding in Switzerland or in one of several high-quality bunkers in the Urals, Arctic or Siberia.
A petition calling for her to be kicked out by Swiss authorities has garnered 75,000 signatures, demanding “it’s time to reunite Eva Braun with her leader”.
Rumors linked first she was romantic with Putin back in 2008 when she was a pro-Kremlin MP.
The newspaper that printed the story was quickly shut down.
Putin – who in 2013 announced his divorce from his wife Lyudmila, a former Aeroflot flight attendant – previously said: “I have a personal life in which I will not allow interference. It has to be respected.”
He pityed “those who sneak into the lives of others with their snotty noses and erotic fantasies”.
Kabaeva has said on record that she met a man who “I love very much,” and enthuses, “Sometimes you feel so happy that you’re even scared.”
In 2001, Kabaeva was temporarily banned from participating in rhythmic gymnastics after failing a doping test.
A year earlier she had won gold at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
According to media reports, her only other suitor was a married Georgian policeman who was once considered Russia’s most desirable woman.
That relationship ended in 2005 due to complaints about tabloids invading her life.
She once posed almost naked for Maxim and was described as “full of sex” by a photographer.
There were many reports of her wearing a wedding ring, but no record of a marriage.
She reportedly has a fleet of Maybach limousines and was spotted surrounded by a squad of machine-gunned security guards during visits to a Moscow cafe, likely indicative of state security.
Many Russians saw her as the reason for the collapse of Putin’s marriage to ex-first lady Lyudmila, 63, mother of his two adult daughters.
As of 2018, she disappeared from public view for almost three years because she was suspected of having given birth to twins in a Moscow hospital.
The tabloid Express Gazeta reported in May while she was still out of sight: “She’s literally disappeared. After the reports of the birth of twins, nothing more was heard about Kabaeva, as if she had disappeared.
“Alina does not give interviews, nor does she take part in social events, nor does she take part in any television programs.
“One can only guess what’s going on in her private life.”
In her only statement related to the war, Kabaeva criticized the refusal to allow the Russian team to compete in the Paralympics in Beijing.
“There has never been a more shameful page in the history of world sport,” she said.
“They have not worried and have not eliminated any country involved in the extermination of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya and Syria.
“But sports officials were very angry when Russia decided to protect Donbass and Luhansk from the Nazis.”
She complained that Olympic officials “tried so hard to humiliate the Russians, banned our symbols, flag and anthem.”
Despite this, the Russians succeeded “due to the talent of our athletes.”
“Russia was, is and will be a great sporting power – and there is nothing you can do about it.”
NMG is ruled by Yury Kovalchuk, 70, a sanctioned oligarch who is very close to Putin.
National Media Group owns shares in a number of major Russian channels, including REN TV, Channel 1, STS TV, 5th Channel, Izvestia and Sport Express, which are also state-subsidized.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5068667/vladimir-putins-lovers-name-vanishes-from-website/ Mystery surrounding the name and picture of Vladimir Putin’s lover DISAPPEARS dramatically from her media empire’s website