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Russia has blocked the website that exposed President Vladimir Putin‘s cleaner-turned-millionaire ‘mistress’ and herxc2xa0 ‘xc2xa374m business empire’.

Proekt, which also published axc2xa0series of exposes of the country’s super-wealthy elite, was blocked after it claimed, among other things, that Svetlana Krivonogikh, 46,xc2xa0was in a relationship with the then-married Kremlin leader before and after he first became president in 1999.

It also published allegations her daughter – Elizaveta, or Luiza, now 18 – was fathered by Putin, and is his third daughter after Maria and Katerina from his marriage.xc2xa0

The news outlet, known in English as Project, was earlier designated by the Kremlin a ‘foreign agent’ and an ‘undesirable organisation’ – the same labels given to opposition leader Alexei Navalny‘s Anti-Corruption Foundation.xc2xa0

Proekt founder Roman Badanin, who has halted his work in Russia where he faces jail on ostensibly unrelated charges, was also labelled a ‘foreign agent’ over the sites’s alleged US backing.xc2xa0

Russia's state media watchdog has blocked an investigative news website after it revealed details of Vladimir Putin's alleged former mistress and love child

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Russia’s state media watchdog has blocked an investigative news website after it revealed details of Vladimir Putin’s alleged former mistress and love child

Proekt published claims Svetlana Krivonogikh, 46, (pictured) was in a relationship with the then-married Kremlin leader before and after he first became president in 1999

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Proekt published claims Svetlana Krivonogikh, 46, (pictured) was in a relationship with the then-married Kremlin leader before and after he first became president in 1999

Proekt also published allegations her daughter - Elizaveta, or Luiza, now 18 (pictured) - was fathered by President Putin, and is his third daughter

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Proekt also published allegations her daughter – Elizaveta, or Luiza, now 18 (pictured) – was fathered by President Putin, and is his third daughter

Proekt was blocked in Russia after it published an investigative article (pictured) including details of President Putin's alleged mistress and love child

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Proekt was blocked in Russia after it published an investigative article (pictured) including details of President Putin’s alleged mistress and love childxc2xa0

The move by Roskomnadzor to ban the site reportedly came at the behest of the country’s prosecutor-general.xc2xa0

The Ministry of Justice has claimed the company behind Proekt posed ‘a threat to the foundations of the constitutional order and security of the Russian Federation’.xc2xa0xc2xa0xc2xa0

The outlet’s investigative journalists had claimed Krivonogikh owned a business empire worth in excess of xc2xa374 million, including a yacht that has been seen under naval escort in St Petersburg.

The recent Pandora Papers leak also linked her to a xc2xa33.1 million luxury fourth-floor home, located in the Monte Carlo Star apartment block just below the famous casino, in Monaco.xc2xa0

The papersxc2xa0also revealed her total worth to be around $100million.xc2xa0

A series of photos posted to Instagram -xc2xa0one showing a firework display, one of a rainbow overlooking the ocean, and a third showing yachts in the harbour – also linkedxc2xa0Krivonogikh and her daughter to the apartment.xc2xa0

On the yacht photo, which was posted in 2014, daughter Elizaveta replied with comment which said: ‘Beautiful! I know this place!’xc2xa0

Her other assets, many of which are also controlled by offshore firms, include a yacht as well as shares of some of Russia’s most-valuable state-owned firms.xc2xa0

Neither Krivonogikh nor her daughter has commented on the disclosures which unmask the hidden financial dealings of world leaders and their associates.xc2xa0

Svetlana Krivonogikh, 46 and believed to be Putin's mistress, owns a $4million apartment in Monte Carlo through a secretive offshore firm, the Pandora Papers have revealed

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Svetlana Krivonogikh, 46 and believed to be Putin’s mistress, owns a $4million apartment in Monte Carlo through a secretive offshore firm, the Pandora Papers have revealed

Photos posted toxc2xa0Krivonogikh's social media further link her with Monaco, including this one of a firework display over the ultra-rich enclave

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Photos posted toxc2xa0Krivonogikh’s social media further link her with Monaco, including this one of a firework display over the ultra-rich enclave

Krivonogikh also posted this image of Monaco's harbour from Monte Carlo, which her daughter and alleged Putin lovechild commented on - saying: 'I know this place!'

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Krivonogikh also posted this image of Monaco’s harbour from Monte Carlo, which her daughter and alleged Putin lovechild commented on – saying: ‘I know this place!’

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Since being ‘outed’ by the opposition media last year, student Luiza has become a social media star with more than 80,000 followers, her own fashion line, and has been in demand as a DJ.

In recent months, she had spent time in Paris despite the Covid-19 restrictions.

Neither she nor her mother has commented on the Proekt claims but Luiza told Russian GQ that she ‘probably’ looks ‘similar’ to a young Putin.xc2xa0xc2xa0xc2xa0xc2xa0xc2xa0

Putin’s spokesman said when the story originally broke that the love child allegations were ‘not very convincing’ and ‘de facto unfounded’, but this has not prevented widespread speculation.

Another image from Krivonogikh's social media showed a rainbow over an ocean view, which she also tagged as being taken in Monaco

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Another image from Krivonogikh’s social media showed a rainbow over an ocean view, which she also tagged as being taken in Monaco

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Elizaveta isxc2xa0Krivonogikh’s daughter and is believed to be Putin’s lovechild. Her mother suddenly came into wealth after her birth in 2003

Proekt’s closure coincides with a Washington Post article by Badanin – now a John S. Knight Senior International Journalism Fellow at Stanford University – headlined: ‘Why we should care about Putin’s love life’.

In it he argued: ‘Where Krivonogikh got her wealth is relevant not only to Putin’s personal life, it is also a matter of life and death for the people of my country.’

The Covid-19 crisis in Russia has reached new peaks yet ‘our kleptocrats, enabled and encouraged by the Kremlin, continue to enrich themselves even as regular people continue dying in underfunded state hospitals’.

While deaths soar, hospitals like the Botkin State Clinic in St Petersburg, are crumbling due to lack of renovation, he said.

‘Even as public facilities such as Botkin were falling apart, Putin’s friends and relatives – including his ex-mistress Krivonogikh – our reporting showed, have been busily building multimillion-dollar residential buildings for themselves,’ he wrote.

Funding for such properties has come from Bank Rossiya, of which she is an owner, he said.

Proekt's closure coincides with a Washington Post article by Roman Badanin (pictured) - now a John S. Knight Senior International Journalism Fellow at Stanford University - headlined: 'Why we should care about Putin's love life'

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Proekt’s closure coincides with a Washington Post article by Roman Badanin (pictured) – now a John S. Knight Senior International Journalism Fellow at Stanford University – headlined: ‘Why we should care about Putin’s love life’

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Polish PM blames Vladimir Putin for Belarus border crisis | Poland


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Polandxe2x80x99s prime minister has accused Vladimir Putin of xe2x80x9cmastermindingxe2x80x9d the migrant crisis on Belarusxe2x80x99s border with the EU, while Minskxe2x80x99s key ally in the Kremlin pointed the blame at Europe.

The escalating rhetoric, including claims from the Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, that Russia could join a potential conflict at the border, has underlined the role that regional alliances are playing in the standoff and ensuing humanitarian crisis.

Poland and Lithuania have declared a state of emergency on their borders with Belarus, where Lukashenko has been accused of ferrying asylum-seekers from the Middle East to the EUxe2x80x99s borders as revenge for the blocxe2x80x99s criticism of his crackdown on opposition.

The arrival of more than 1,000 migrants and refugees, many from Iraqi Kurdistan, at the Polish border on Monday brought the crisis to a head. Polish border guards said on Wednesday that two groups of several dozen people had breached the borders overnight. They were arrested and expelled, they said. Lithuanian border guards said they had prevented 281 attempts to cross the border illegally on Tuesday.

At an extraordinary session of parliament on Tuesday evening, the Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, squarely pointed the blame for the crisis at Moscow and Putin, calling the Russian leader an xe2x80x9cenablerxe2x80x9d of Lukashenko.

xe2x80x9cThis attack which Lukashenko is conducting has its mastermind in Moscow, the mastermind is President Putin,xe2x80x9d Morawiecki said in the Sejm, Polandxe2x80x99s lower house of parliament, which is dominated by the rightwing Law and Justice party.

Morawiecki said Putin was determined to xe2x80x9crebuild the Russian empirexe2x80x9d and called the crisis at the border xe2x80x9ca new kind of war, in which people are used as living shieldsxe2x80x9d.

The remarks are the most direct accusations against Russia yet in a crisis where the Kremlin has not played an overt role. Belarusian travel agencies have issued visas and brought hundreds of people from Iraq, Syria and other countries to Minsk, from where they then travel west to try to cross the border and from Poland pass on to Germany. Many of the airlines carrying the migrants and refugees are Belarusian or based in the Middle East.

Moscow has been an increasingly crucial ally for Belarus in the past year, backing Lukashenko after his brutal crackdown on protests and after his grounding of a Ryanair flight in May that set off a fresh round of sanctions and pushed Minsk further into isolation.

EU countries have threatened new sanctions and accused Lukashenko of xe2x80x9chuman traffickingxe2x80x9d and xe2x80x9cgangster-stylexe2x80x9d tactics.

On Tuesday, Russiaxe2x80x99s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said western countries including EU member states, and Nato, were the xe2x80x9crootxe2x80x9d of the migrant crisis.

xe2x80x9cThey were pushing for a western-style better life and democracy the way it is interpreted by the west,xe2x80x9d he said, referring to US-led interventions and alleged western backing for the Arab spring.

Lukashenko and Putin held a phone call to discuss the border crisis on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Collective Security Treaty Organisation, a military alliance of ex-Soviet states, said it was following the crisis xe2x80x9cvery closely and with concernxe2x80x9d.

xe2x80x9cThe migrant crisis may evolve into a great disaster for thousands of civilians, including numerous women and children,xe2x80x9d the CSTO secretariat said in a statement. Dominated by Moscow, the group is seen as the Kremlinxe2x80x99s answer to Nato.

Earlier, western media reported remarks from a Nato spokesperson that the military alliance xe2x80x9cstands readyxe2x80x9d to provide help to end the crisis.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that the EU was close to imposing more sanctions on Belarus, targeting 30 individuals and entities including the foreign minister and the Belarusian airline Belavia, with approval likely as early as next week.