Putin officially divorces his wife Lyudmila: Kremlin

MOSCOW Wed Apr 2, 2014 2:55pm EDT

Vladimir Putin (L) and his wife Lyudmila attend a service, conducted by Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, to mark the start of his term as Russia's new president at the Kremlin in Moscow, May 7, 2012. REUTERS/Aleksey Nikolskyi

Vladimir Putin (L) and his wife Lyudmila attend a service, conducted by Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, to mark the start of his term as Russia's new president at the Kremlin in Moscow, May 7, 2012.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally divorced his wife Lyudmila after more than 30 years of marriage, Kremlin spokesman said on Wednesday, following a surprise breakup announcement last year.

"The divorce has taken place," Dmitry Peskov said, without giving any further details.

Putin and his wife announced that their marriage was over last June in a live broadcast on Russian state television, confirming longstanding speculation that they had separated.

The Kremlin made clear at the time that their breakup had yet to be formalized.

The ex-KGB spy, 61, keeps his personal life private and little is known about his wife and two daughters, both in their 20s.

In 2008, Putin said there was no truth to a newspaper report that he was preparing to marry Olympic rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabayeva, who was born in 1983, the same year he married Lyudmila.

Putin told journalists to keep their "snotty noses" out of his private affairs and the newspaper, Moskovsky Korrespondent, folded shortly afterwards.

Kabayeva, who was one of the torch bearers at the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony in February, also denied any relationship with Putin.

(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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Comments (12)
Kahnie wrote:
I don’t like Putin and his autocracy, but his attitude towards public and private life is right on! It’s nobodies business. Right on!

Apr 02, 2014 2:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
VeronicaDoll wrote:
Kahnie: Sorry to say, when you are a Public Official your Private life DOES become Public, right or wrong, like it or not.

Apr 02, 2014 2:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Putin said that he will now annex Miley Cyrus!

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