Is She the Reason Vladimir Putin is Leaving His Wife of Thirty Years?

Speculation has been rife for a while now about the relationship between the Russian President and a young dancer half his age. The President denied such claims vigorously (please he earlier denied rumors about the impending divorce too) and the newspaper which first broke the story some 5 years ago has since been closed down.

A good number of women today claim that fear of being cast aside when the good times roll by is the reason most of them can’t be bothered with starting from scratch with a man. They would rather come in when he is made so that even if he does cast them aside later on in life, they would have no regrets.

Pretty cynical view if you ask me but…might they have  a point?

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The Russian president blamed the split on his busy schedule.

BY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013, 4:07 PM

	Russia's Alina Kabayeva performs with ball for a silver medal during individual all-around competition during the 22nd European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship in Moscow, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006.
SERGEY PONOMAREV/APIt’s not a stretch to say Vladimir Putin has long had eyes for Russian gymnast Alina Kabayeva, 30, just a few years older than his daughters.

Vladimir Putin has dropped a Kremlin-shaking bombshell, going on TV to say he and his wife have divorced.

The 60-year-old Russian president and his wife, Lyudmila, went on Russian state television to announce the split after 30 years of marriage.

Putin — long rumored to be catting around with a former Olympic gymnast half his age — pinned the marital meltdown on a busy schedule that has made him and his now ex-wife nearly strangers.

Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denied a romantic link to Alina Kabayeva, saying they are just friends.
JON FURNISS/WIREIMAG
Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denied a romantic link to Alina Kabayeva, saying they are just friends.

“It was a joint decision: We hardly see each other. Each of us has our own life,” Putin said in the interview Thursday evening.

They faced the cameras side by side after attending a performance at the Kremlin Palace of “La Esmeralda” — a ballet based on the Victor Hugo novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

It was the first time they had been seen together in public since the inauguration of his third term as president on May 7, 2012. They left the ballet after the first act to make their announcement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, announced the divorce in their first public appearance together since his third inauguration on May 7, 2012.
ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, announced the divorce in their first public appearance together since his third inauguration on May 7, 2012.

Asked why she seldom traveled with her husband, Lyudmila Putin blamed a fear of flying.

“I don’t like publicity and flying is difficult for me,” she said.

She said the divorce was “civilized” and that she and the one-time KGB officer will “eternally be very close.”

Speculation has swirled that Putin’s marriage was in trouble since 2008 reports that he was having an affair with former Olympic medalist Alina Kabayeva.
ITAR TASS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Speculation has swirled that Putin’s marriage was in trouble since 2008 reports that he was having an affair with former Olympic medalist Alina Kabayeva.

“I am grateful that he supports me,” she said.

The Putins have two daughters, Maria and Yekaterina, who are in their 20s.

“Our children have grown up; they have their own lives,” Lyudmila Putin said.

Speculation has run rampant in Russia that the couple’s marriage was on the rocks since rumors he was having affair with 30-year-old Alina Kabayeva, the former gold medal rhythmic Olympic gymnast, surfaced in a 2008 newspaper article.

Putin has denied he and Kabayeva are more than friends, and the newspaper that published the report has been shut down.

whutchinson@nydailynews.com

 

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