Russian leader Vladimir Putin divorces
June 7, 2013 1 comment
The couple announced on Russian TV that they have agreed to a “civilized break-up”.
The president said he and his wife were no longer living together, telling reporters:
“It was a joint decision: we hardly see each other, each of us has our own life.”
“We are always going to be very close to each other. I am sure, forever.”
Lyudmila, meanwhile, said her husband was “completely drowned in work”. She continued:
“I am very grateful to Vladimir… that he still supports me. And the children, he really cares for them and the children feel this.”
Putin married Lyudmila in July 1983 and the couple have two daughters – 28 year-old Maria and Yekaterina, now 26.
Mrs Putin said:
“Our children have grown up; they have their own lives.”
The couple spent five years living in Dresden, East Germany while Putin worked for the KGB. Their younger daughter was born in the city and the 60 year-old president still speaks fluent German.
The Putins made their announcement after a visit to the ballet at the Grand Kremlin Palace, the BBC reports. It was their first time they had been seen together in public since Putin’s third inauguration as president in May last year, and followed years of rumours that the couple were having problems.
Meanwhile, MPs in the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, are considering the introduction of a national tax on divorce.
Politician Elena Mizulina said the initiative was linked to the country’s high divorce rate.
“Today, every second marriage breaks up; moreover, the reasons are not that serious. The question arises: how to hold on? One of the measures being suggested is to introduce a levy from separating partners…..If the idea is approved, the sum can be decided on. And the money can be sent to an alimony fund in order to help broken families.”
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