Yelena Isinbáyeva: Major of the Russian Armed Forces found in Tenerife

  • Canarian Weekly
  • 12-07-2023
  • National
  • Photo Credit: El Digital Sur / IOC / Military Games
Yelena Isinbáyeva: Major of the Russian Armed Forces found in Tenerife

The location of Vladimir Putin's rumoured girlfriend, ex-Olympic Pole Vault champion, and Major of the Russian army, Yelena Isinbayeva, has been unknown for over a year, but now, according to El Digital Sur, it can be revealed because she is right here in Tenerife.

There has been much speculation as to where she has been living, or hiding, some suggesting she is in one of the countries where her two children were born, others say she has been spotted in Monaco. But the reality is EL DIGITAL SUR has been able to confirm that she is in Tenerife, information that nobody knew until now.

Allegedly she is leading a very discreet life, living in a luxurious complex on the island, and cannot be said whether she is still directly linked to her military position or not, since in the latest statements by the IOC spokesman, Mark Adams, they not confirm this, but neither do they deny it.

Yelena Isinbáyeva: Major of the Russian Armed Forces found in Tenerife

Despite the accusations and her connection to the Russian military, Yelena Isinbayeva still represents Russia on the International Olympic Committee. For the past two years, Yelena Isinbayeva's whereabouts have been unknown to the general public, except for her superiors and relatives.

According to sources who prefer to remain anonymous, they told EL DIGITAL SUR that "her superiors in the army granted her an indefinite leave for her merits in the bloody aggression against Ukraine."

Her being in Tenerife raises questions about possible additional reasons for her stay in a country whose government strongly supports the cause of Ukraine in its just fight against the Russian invasion. Just recently, the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, promised before the European Community to "continue defending Ukraine" upon assuming the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Who is Yelena Isinbáyeva and why is she ‘hiding’?

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many Russians left their country, some cutting off all contact with Vladimir Putin and supporting democratic values, while others chose to go into hiding and carry out subversive and hostile activities against Ukraine.

On February 27th the newspaper published that the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, imposed sanctions against 164 natural persons and 85 legal persons of the Russian Federation for "supporting a large-scale Russian invasion of the country", approving the corresponding decision of the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC). One of these is Major Yelena Isinbayeva.

Zelenski signed three decrees to implement the decisions of the National Security and Defence Council. One against Russians involved in the kidnapping of Ukrainian children, the second against representatives of Russian sport, and the last against those who help maintain mercenary structures in Russia for the war against Ukraine and all free people.

In the words of Zelenski, who is the real Yelena Isinbáyeva?

Yelena Isinbaeva is the holder of 28 world records in pole vaulting, a two-time Olympic champion, and a four-time indoor pole vaulting world champion.

Yelena Isinbáyeva: Major of the Russian Armed Forces found in Tenerife

But in addition to being recognized throughout the world for her outstanding career as an athlete, she is also recognized internally in Russia for her military involvement in the country's politics.

She was previously a deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation and an ardent propagandist for the war against Ukraine. In addition, she was part of a group that pushed for changes to the Russian Constitution to allow Putin to remain in power indefinitely.

An article in explains how a million children are recruited for Yunarmiya (YAM), a Russian “Young Army” founded in October 2015, where schoolchildren are taught to handle weapons, march, interrogate prisoners and love their homeland. Among the military leaders of this movement is Yelena Isinbáyeva.

Isinbáyeva has been actively involved in this movement by recruiting children and encouraging them to join YAM to show their talents.

According to Wikipedia, YAM is supported and financed by the Ministry of Defence of Russia with the mission of training future personnel of the Russian uniformed services and to instil the values ​​of patriotism, national service, national and military history, the remembrance of past military operations and campaigns, and the fallen of its armed forces.

Yelena Isinbáyeva: Major of the Russian Armed Forces found in Tenerife

Yelena Isinbayeva, camouflaged to the world as an Olympic athlete, is also a member of the ruling United Russia party, which has great power in political decision-making. She is also, reportedly, an active officer in the Russian Defence Ministry, holding the rank of Major, a position officially awarded to her in May 2015.

She is known to support the Russian authorities and has always supported any decision of a political nature that she proposes. In 2018, she was a member of Vladimir Putin's support group during his presidential campaign.