Rumor Mill: Putin Has Love Child No. 2

Daughter with Alina Kabaeva said to have been born in November

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 28, 2013 11:23 AM CST

(Newser) – Today in the Wacky World of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president is now rumored to have a second love child with former Olympian Alina Kabaeva. Putin has long been linked to the 29-year-old rhythmic gymnast, and the two were already believed to have a 3-year-old son together. The new child, a daughter, was born in November, a source tells the New York Post. Russian media have never officially named Putin and Kabaeva the parents of the boy, and she's called him her nephew in the past.

The Russian media has, however, reported Putin and Kabaeva were engaged in the past, though the newspaper that did so quickly retracted the story and was then shut down. Putin's wife, Lyudmila, hasn't been seen in public in quite some time and the Chechen president recently referred to her as Putin's "first wife." For more in wacky world leaders, click for Silvio Berlusconi's thoughts on Mussolini.

Russian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin, left, and his wife Lyudmila arrive at a polling station in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 4, 2012.
Russian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin, left, and his wife Lyudmila arrive at a polling station in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles as he receives ambassadors during a credentials ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.
Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles as he receives ambassadors during a credentials ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.   (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel, Pool)
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