Putin Blasts Remarriage Rumors

Russian prez denies he's divorcing to wed ex-gymnast
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2008 1:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – Vladimir Putin moved swiftly to put to rest rumors he was planning to divorce his wife to marry a 24-year-old former gymnast and current member of parliament. During a visit to Italy, the lame duck Russian president assured reporters that there was "not a single word of truth" to the tabloid story that broke yesterday, the BBC reports.

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"I have always reacted negatively to those who with their snotty noses and erotic fantasies prowl into others' lives," said Putin—who nevertheless admitted to appreciating his countrywomen's charms. "I don't think I will offend anyone if I say that I, personally, consider that our Russian women are the most talented and the most beautiful." (Read more Lyudmila Putin stories.)

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