Thursday 22 February 2018

William Langley: How the rumour mill ended Putins' marriage

Vladimir Putin has been linked to 30-year-old former gymnast Alina Kabaeva
Vladimir Putin has been linked to 30-year-old former gymnast Alina Kabaeva
Putin's long suffering wife Lyudmila

Lyudmila Putin once described her husband as a vampire. He suggested that anyone who could put up with her for three weeks deserved a national monument. What could go wrong for Russia's first couple?

Lyudmila Putin once described her husband as a vampire. He suggested that anyone who could put up with her for three weeks deserved a national monument. What could go wrong for Russia's first couple?

While last week's announcement that they are to divorce had the surprise quotient of a snowfall in Red Square, many Russians were intrigued by its timing. The Putins have scowled and borne it for the best part of 30 years, gamely adhering to Tolstoy's maxim that what counts in a marriage "is not how compatible you are, but how you deal with the incompatibility", and even managing to make the occasional joint appearance.

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