Moscow (AFP) - The Kremlin confirmed Wednesday that Russian PresidentVladimir Putin has finalised the divorce from his wife of 30 years Lyudmilafollowing the couple's sudden split last summer.
Putin'sofficial biography, which described him as recently as March 27 as"Married. Wife Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Putina," now states simply thathe has two daughters with no mention of a first lady.
The president'sspokes man Dmitry Peskov confirmed to state- owned Itar- TASS news agency that"the divorce has completed."
ThePutins in June of last year delivered a shock announcement that they weresplitting up after three decades of marriage, in a choreographed statement to astate television reporter after attending a ballet performance in Moscow.
"Itwas a joint decision," Putin said at the time, while his wife said thatthe marriage is over because "we practically never see each other,"calling it a "civilised divorce."
LyudmilaPutina had long all- but- vanished from public view, while Putin's two grown daughtershave been kept so hidden from the public eye that few people know what theylook like.
Theprivate life of Putin, 61, has long been a subject of rumours, with somelinking him to Olympic gymnast turned MP Alina Kabayeva.Those rumours were denied however and one publication that made the connectionwas shut down in 2008.
Comments： Hot moves Crimea is wife now.
U y t h somepeople just buy a ferrari. Crimea, it seems abit excessive.
Ager biltheory Atleast he was willing to give her a regular divorce instead of the usualDictator's Divorce.
Jos borne So ishe officially dating that twenty- some thing gymnast now?
jim5 cents 30year old. Not officially. The paper that printed that story has since been shutdown...
HunterTA M U C May bea Ukranian ought to marry her :P
Play FraGer Theydivorced a year ago, now he has sex with Kabaeva
Walks inthe woods Thatis so sad ! They look so happy together.
Seul bydoom Finally,things are starting to make sense...
Throw awayit Shefigured he fucked Crimea, there is no room forher.
How a jambe Can'tbe fucking his wife when he's too busy fucking the Free World
jim5 cents It scool, he keeps the house and the dog, she keeps the gulag.
Dill burgers It shard to keep a wife, when trying to rule the world.
C d fer Kremlinconfirms Putin's divorce final. she probably found out he was gay
Dan cinhmr wouldn'tit have been easier if she just went... missing mysteriously?
Blou ballsx Hecheated on his wife when he fucked Crimea?
A l kenisto I findit pretty hilarious that Putin's personal life is discussed as if he were anadorable celebrity, when in reality he is one of the most despicable people toever live.
K van tik O hshit. He is getting ready to take on the world!
Lin clinl Iwonder how much of the 70 billion dollars he made during his political careershe will get.
Josh Sidekick I'mglad he divorced her and she didn't just end up in some Siberian gulag.
DkorpiB S ME Hiswife got sick of his cold war bull shit. I don't blame her.
Eye ballzsack doesshe want to get assassinated? because that s how you get assassinated
B giarc Finallyrealizes he has all the power in Russia, so he decided to trade upfor a younger prettier model, cause if the older model gives him any trouble hecan "Disappear" her with no trouble.
A r jay Notime for wives, only time for war!
Sexy_ Sasquatch Watchout Ukrainian women, Putin is on the hunt
Dark Sayedl Putinis a real man. I hopeI mature into some one like him in three decade's time.
R o j m Iwounder how much the U S paid her.
Rudy robbob I'mguessing she's going to die very un- expectantly.
d_ r_ benway Kremlinconfirms Putin's divorce final. I wonder what she knows..... Iimagine her life expectancy has dramatically lowered now.
He lotit Ofcourse he can still invade her and take her back any time he wants to.
Chrisin Los Angeles Myheart goes out to him – any one who is going through a divorce. I know some timesit's much better than staying together but no body gets married hoping that itwill ever end that way. It's a disappointment.
Den nis L Divorceis better than an unhappy marriage! Get over it - get on with your lives!
E d ward It'shard to imagine that the leader of the free world is getting a divorce.
Boston rid r She'slucky. Now she can find and marry some one attractive.
Mar garet Iwould give my self to him if I weren't saving my self for Toronto mayor Rob Ford.
Mom bo Man Iwould think that the most dangerous job in all of Russia would be the divorce lawyerfor Mrs. Putin.
Doug ll Iunder stand he is sending her to the Ukrainian front lines...
W C S W o w,there are lots of good looking Russian women out there I bet he will recruit tobe his bed companions.
Sa turnon Idon't see a point in divorcing after 30 years. Do you really want to startdating again? Why not just work on what you have?
Livingthe dream So Iguess she gets the house, the car and he gets Crimea.Does not seem like a fair settlement.
AYahoo User Kremlinconfirms Putin's divorce final Putinhas openly cheated on his wife and every one in his cabinet knew about it! Hiswife knew but she accepted it - at least for awhile!
J- P T It'sgood to be the king! You can have affairs, divorce your wife, amass wealth fromshaking down every business, and not one person can, or will, voice protest.
Mike D Putinhas quickly become most important man on world's stage...
Wordy l Noproblem, just annex another woman.
LEU N AM FinallyPutin can get married again and forget about Ukraine.
AYahoo! User Some onehas good taste. Who would want to be married to this corrupt idiot.
M u tant Now itmakes sense. He's invading countries to impress the babes.
Phi lipking Havinga personal crisis and don't want to feel the pain, just invade a weak countryon your border with no nukes.
J S H Iimagine she has a lovely summer house in Siberianow.
Accessit now Putinhas begun conquering a bunch of new lands, so their should be plenty of newwomen available.
k b v Mustbe nice to shut down a publication when they print some thing you don't want tosee.
Just OneVoice Lookhow miserable she looks...who would want to be married to a man like him.Horrible.
Da nightnow Shortly,his wife may have an unfortunate accident. As for the gymnast, w e l l healways said he wanted to be flexible.
Outragedone Hewill take his frustrations out on the rest of the world.
JeromyD I'mglad I'm not her, she will probably get her head cut off. Has any one ever seenPutin smile, I never have.
TRASH CA R I'mvery surprised she just didn't disappear...
Angelababy He isnot pretending to love her when he actually does not.
EarlSwagger W e l l,at least he didn't have her executed like Kim Jong U n would have done...Notyet, any way.
A non bike Poorwoman! Only God knows how many times she was invaded by Putin.
MattBow finger He isa free man now and has more time to f u q the world politically, especiallyObama and his stupid foreign policy.