Since of the news of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s divorce rumors of lovers mistress and affairand people posting jokes on Facebook.
The announcement fuled speculation about Mr Putin’s private life. The 60-year-old Russian president has been dogged by rumours for years that he had an affair with Alina Kabayeva, a 30-year-old politician and former Olympic gymnast, although no hard evidence has ever been presented to confirm that.
The Russian leader and his wife, 55, spoke after attending a performance of La Esmeralda – a ballet inspired by the story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame – at the State Kremlin palace, their first public engagement together since his returned to the presidency in May last year.
The rumour that he was having an affair with Miss Kabayeva first came to public prominence in 2008 when a Russian newspaper, owned by the billionaire oligarch Alexander Lebedev, quoted a source as insisting that it was true.
Mr Lebedev shut the newspaper soon afterwards claiming it had not been a commercial success, although many suspected the real reason was to appease an angry Mr Putin.
The head of the Russian Orthodox church, Patriarch Kirill, last year strongly condemned divorces. “When we destroy a family, we destroy love. Love and pleasure are not the same,” he said. “This is not the right thing to do. It is hard for a modern person to accept, but God did not wish it.”
Putin’s Soviet predecessors, starting with Vladimir Lenin, kept their marriages intact even though some of them had their dalliances. Boris Yeltsin, the first Russian president, was happily married to the same woman all his life.
“Now it’s absolutely clear he’s a double,” journalist Stepan Opalev wrote on Facebook. “The real Putin would never have done it.”
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