Putin Officially Single Again

Divorce with Lyudmila is final
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2014 5:25 PM CDT
Putin Officially Single Again
Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila in 2011.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)

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." (Read more Vladimir Putin stories.)

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