Opponents of Vladimir Putin in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus are uniting with a petition demanding that Switzerland expels the strongman’s ‘lover’ Alina Kabaeva amid claims she is hiding with their secret children in a luxury villa.
Kabaeva, 38, is a former Olympic gymnast and gold medalist who is widely believed to be Putin’s mistress and mother to secret children whom he has never officially recognized.
The petition comes amid reports that Kabaeva, once named ‘Russia’s most flexible woman’, was sent to a private chalet in Switzerland earlier this month amid the invasion of Ukraine. ‘It’s time you reunite Eva Braun with her Führer,’ the strongly-worded petition said. ‘Despite the current war, Switzerland continues to host an accomplice of Putin’s regime.’ Pictured: Kabaeva in 2008.
The West has so far not sanctioned Kabaeva, who as well as being Putin’s rumored secret partner is also chairman of the board of directors at National Media Group – a major Kremlin-obedient TV and newspaper behemoth – with a salary of almost $10.5M a year.
The pair have been pictured together on several occasions, and investigations by the Anti-Corruption Foundation, set up by jailed Putin opponent Alexei Navalny, revealed several Russian oligarchs have inexplicably bestowed gifts of property, money and other assets upon Kabaeva’s family.
The former gymnast is seldom seen in public, but she was caught on video dancing at the ‘Divine Grace’ rhythmic gymnastics tournament in Moscow in December last year (pictured), mere weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine.
‘We, the citizens of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, which is currently undergoing immense suffering, are uniting to appeal to the Swiss authorities,’ states the petition, which was posted on change.org in in German, French and English and has so far received almost 55,000 signatures. ‘The public has just learned that the Russian political and media figure, and former [rhythmic gymnast], Alina Kabaeva (pictured), is hiding from the consequences of the sanctions imposed on the Russian Federation in YOUR country.’
The petition continues: ‘She is the favorite wife of [the] delusional dictator and war criminal who has been treacherously attacking Ukraine over the past weeks. As she is supportive of social activities in Russia, she has been attempting to get Russian citizens accustomed to the reality of sanctions after 2014, and personally proclaimed: ”The worse it gets, the better for us!”
The signatories question why, ‘given the volume of sanctions placed on Russia’, Swiss authorities continue to host her and her family at a time when Putin ‘is destroying the lives of millions’. The petition tells the Swiss: ‘For the first time in modern history, your country has violated its neutrality, which it did not even do vis-à-vis Nazi Germany in the 20th century, and joined the sanctions against Putin and his surroundings. And now you are allowing his favorite mistress and her children to hide within the borders of your state.’
There is as yet no independently verified evidence that Kabaeva, a former pro-Putin MP, is hiding in Switzerland, where she is thought to have given birth to the Russian president’s children.
‘We want to remind you that Alina Kabaeva is not only a woman who stained herself with an association with the Russian dictator, but also a criminal against humanity,’ the petition continues. ‘In particular, she was among the initiators of the draft law, which in Russia was called the ”law of scoundrels” or ”the law of Dima Yakovlev”. This shameful move deprived thousands of Russian orphans of the possibility of being adopted abroad.’
‘Consequently, many applications already open at the time for the adoption of seriously ill children were canceled and applicants for qualified medical care simply died,’ it continued. ‘Alina Kabaeva, [then] a member of the State Duma [parliament], obediently approved any unconstitutional initiative of President Putin, which later became almost genocidal against the internal population of Russia.’
The petition calls for the Swiss authorities to ‘investigate very carefully the legal basis on which she is present in your country, and to check ‘the cleanliness of the funds used for the purchase of real estate in Switzerland, of which this person uses’.
‘We will seek justice in any way possible, and if the fact of corruption of individual political officials of Switzerland is found out, which has allowed Alina Kabaeva to obtain citizenship bypassing all procedures, then we will ensure that this information isn’t kept a secret,’ the petition reads. ‘At times like this, filled with tremendous uncertainty, you must be severe with your actions and in regards to the beneficiaries of Putin’s regime! It’s time you reunite Eva Braun with her Führer!’
Separate reports suggest meanwhile that Kabaeva is not in Switzerland but at a hi-tech underground bunker in the Altai Mountains of Siberia. Political scientist Valery Solovey, 61, said earlier this month: ‘In fact, it is not a bunker, but a whole underground city, equipped with the latest science and technology.’ He warned: ‘I hope this means something to you? That the President sends his family to this bunker?’
Kabaeva has made very few public appearances as of late, but did give a statement which slammed the decision preventing the Russian team to compete at the Beijing Paralympics in light of the war in Ukraine.
‘There has never been a more shameful page in the history of world sports,’ she said. ‘They did not worry and did not remove from the competition any country that participated in the destruction of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya, and Syria. But sports officials were very angry when Russia decided to protect the Donbas and Luhansk from the Nazis.’ She’s pictured here in 2021 with a wedding ring on her left hand.
She complained that Olympic officials ‘tried so hard to humiliate the Russians, banned our symbols, flag and anthem’. ‘Russia was, is and will be a great sports power – and you can’t do anything about it.’
Rumors first linked her romantically to Putin as long ago as 2008 when she was a pro-Kremlin MP. Tabloid Express Gazeta recounted in May when she was still out of sight: ‘She literally vanished. After the giving-birth-to-twins reports nothing was heard about Kabaeva, as if she had disappeared. Alina is not giving interviews, nor attending social events, nor participating in any TV programs. One can only guess what is happening in her private life.’
Putin – who in 2013 announced his divorce from wife Lyudmila, a former Aeroflot stewardess – has previously said: ‘I have a private life in which I do not permit interference. It must be respected.’ Kabaeva is on record as saying she had met a man who she ‘love[s] very much’, gushing: ‘Sometimes you feel so happy that you even feel scared.’
In 2001 Kabaeva was temporarily banned from competing in rhythmic gymnastics after failing a doping test. A year earlier she had won gold at the 2000 summer Olympics.
She is reported to have a fleet of Maybach limousines at her disposal, and has been seen surrounded by a squad of machine-gun toting security guards while visiting cafes and restaurants in Moscow. Many Russians saw her as the reason for the breakup of Putin’s marriage to ex-first lady Lyudmila, 63, mother of his two adult daughters.