Expert Suggests Sanctioning Putin’s Alleged Girlfriend

( )- This week, a Russian-born US intelligence officer suggested that if the United States wants to strike a heavy blow against Russian President Vladimir Putin, the administration should level sanctions on his current girlfriend and mother of at least three of his children, former Russian Olympic gymnast, Alina Kabaeva.

Appearing on “Jesse Watters Primetime” on the Fox News Channel on Monday, former DIA intelligence officer Rebekah Koffler told host Jesse Watters that sanctioning Kabaeva would “certainly hurt” Putin both personally and financially.

According to a Wall Street Journal report on Sunday, US officials chose not to sanction the 38-year-old gold medalist citing concerns that it was too drastic.

And while Koffler concedes that Putin’s girlfriend isn’t in a position to get him to stop waging war in Ukraine, sanctioning her would “make her life miserable” and “definitely, definitely” cause damage to Putin’s holdings. She explained that Vladimir Putin’s wealth is “stashed away” in tax havens and “spread among his relatives and family.”

Koffler told Watters the reasoning given for not sanctioning Kabaeva doesn’t make sense.

She said the State Department and the Treasury have “put together a draconian sanctions package.” But for some reason, the administration “backed out at the last minute.” Calling the decision “ridiculous,” Koffler said what the administration has already done is being “perceived by the Russians as a total war on Russia.” What’s more, Putin is already “portraying himself as the victim.” To Koffler’s way of thinking, the concerns that sanctioning Kabaeva may be seen as drastic or an escalation “makes no sense.”

Watch the segment HERE.