Tuesday 21 November 2017

Putin denies affair after break-up with wife

Alina Kabayeva
Alina Kabayeva

Tom Parfitt

VLADIMIR Putin does not have another woman in his life and he is not expected to remarry in the near future, his spokesman has said.

The Russian president and his wife, Lyudmila (55), announced on Thursday evening that they had broken up after nearly 30 years of marriage.

The couple had been dogged by rumours – never proven – that Mr Putin was having an affair with the former rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabayeva, (30) who is an MP from the pro-Kremlin United Russia party.

Mr Putin (60) and his wife had only been seen at a few awkward joint appearances over the last five years.

However, asked if Mr Putin had a lover, his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told a Moscow radio station on Friday: "No, that's not the case. It was a mutual decision Everything else is a series of gossip, rumours and conjecture.

"It's not difficult even for a non-expert to take a look at Putin's work schedule.

"And you will see that his life, perhaps unfortunately, is in no way tied to any family relationships, only to those responsibilities that he has as the head of state," he said.

The couple married in 1983 and have two children, Maria (28) and Ekaterina (27), who live completely hidden from public view.

Irish Independent

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