Who is Alina Kabaeva?

Alina Kabaeva is a politician, media boss and a former Olympic gymnast

Everyone in Russia knows Alina Kabaeva as Vladimir Putin’s girlfriend & mother to some of his children

Amid the Ukraine war, an online petition demanded Alina Kabaeva’s expulsion from Switzerland

However, Putin denies his relationship with Alina Kabaeva

In 2013, Putin divorced his wife Lyudmila, primarily because of Alina Kabaeva

Born in 1983, Alina Kabaeva started rhythmic gymnastics as a four-year-old

Alina Kabaeva made her international debut in 1996, and won the 1998 European Championships

At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Alina Kabaeva won a bronze

In 2004, in Athens Olympics, she won the gold medal

Alina Kabaeva won 18 World Championship medals, 25 European Championship medals & 2 Olympic prizes

Alina Kabaeva joined politics, was member of the lower house of parliament from 2007-2014

In 2014 Alina Kabaeva became chair of the National Media Group

Alina Kabaeva had stakes in almost all major Russian state media outlets

Alina Kabaeva earns about $12m a year

In 2001, Putin awarded Alina Kabaeva an Order of Friendship - a top state honour

People claim Alina Kabaeva is mother of Putin’s children