Putin Officially Single Again

Divorce with Lyudmila is final

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 2, 2014 5:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – Only a week ago, Vladimir Putin's official bio described him as a married man. Today, however, the bio has no more mention of his wife of three decades, Lyudmila, and a Kremlin spokesman confirms that their divorce is final, reports AFP. But that doesn't necessarily man he's a single man. The BBC notes that Putin has been fending off rumors for years that he's in a relationship with former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva, and her appearance at the Sochi Games as one of the final torchbearers has only renewed the rumors. Until it's official, though, he is arguably "the world's most powerful bachelor," observes the Huffington Post. "Just ask Ukraine."

Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila in 2011.
Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila in 2011.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)
Vladimir Putin speaks with gymnast Alina Kabayeva in this 2004 photo. He's been denying rumors of a romance with her for years.
Vladimir Putin speaks with gymnast Alina Kabayeva in this 2004 photo. He's been denying rumors of a romance with her for years.   (AP Photo/ITAR-TASS, Presidential Press Service)
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