New Delhi: The alleged girlfriend of Vladimir Putin earns 7.5 million pounds (about 75 crore rupees) every year. She is the boss of a media company supporting the Kremlin. Information about Putin is not public but it has been revealed in the recently leaked tax records. Alina Kabaeva is paid by Yuri Kovalchuk, a billionaire close to Putin.
Alina, a gymnast by profession, met Putin in 2001. She was 18 then but the Kremlin continues to deny the relationship between the two. Last month, a friend claimed that Alina had lost contact with all friends after giving birth to twins.
Alina won the Olympic gold medal in 2004, later disappeared. However, according to The Insider, she is earning dozens of times more today. According to Anti-Corruption Publication, ‘The National Media Group does not publish annual reports of directors. The company never answered media queries on this and did not know about Alina’s income.’
According to the database of the Federal Tax Service, her official income is 78.54 crore rubles. Several outlets of the National Media Group have shares that have received government subsidies. The report says that her salary is the same as around former German Chancellor Gerard Schröder whose income is £ 4.5 million as he is the chairman of the Russian energy company Rosneft.
The report has asked how a gymnast who worked with Ball and Hoop became the head of Russia’s largest media holding? How is Alina being paid such a huge price by the President’s former partner’s company? What is the connection between Alina and Putin?
No permission to interfere in the private life of Putin
The Kremlin has denied the relationship between Putin and Alina. Putin divorced his wife Lyudmila in 2014 but the media rarely mentions his private life. Not much is known about his friends or family. Putin says that his life is private and he does not allow anyone to interfere in it. It should be respected.