In his first televised appearance with his wife in months, Russian
President Vladimir Putin overwhelms the nation with news about their
divorce after 29 years in marriage.
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Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Putina appeared before the camera
of Rossiya 24 state-funded channel on
Thursday evening after they both saw La Esmeralda ballet
at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
This was the first time since Putin’s inauguration in May
2012 that the couple, married in 1983, was seen together in public.
Standing in a finely furnished room, Putin and his wife shared their impressions of the ballet with a Rossiya 24
correspondent in what in retrospect sounded as an allegory of their
“The performance was just fabulous,” Vladimir Putin said.
“The music was beautiful,” Lyudmila Putina
echoed. “Our ballet has achieved splendor and perfection. The movements
were so airy and inconspicuous. It seems they’re flying but their hard toil
remains unseen to the audience.”
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After they exchanged a few more remarks, the correspondent
broached a very delicate subject. “Rumor has it you live apart. Is it
“It’s true,” Vladimir Putin said. “My
activity and work are all about publicity, absolute publicity. Some like it,
others don’t. Some are absolutely incompatible with it. Lyudmila Alexandrovna is
done keeping watch. It’s been eight years, or nine… yes, nine. So… It was a
Lyudmila Putin chimed in to say she subscribes “to the
words of Vladimir Vladimirovich.”
“Our marriage is over because we barely see each
other,” she said after a pause. “Vladimir Vladimirovich is engrossed
in his work, our children have grown up, they live their own lives. It so
happened that he and I live our lives. I really don’t like publicity.”
“Lyudmila Alexandrovna mentioned children – we love
them, we are proud of them,” Putin remarked. “They have grown up and
live their own lives. They, by the way, studied in Russia and are based in
Lyudmila and Vladimir Putin have two daughters, Maria, 28,
and Katerina, 26.
“Lyudmila Alexandrovna and I will always be very
close,” Putin said.
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Lyudmila Putina agreed: “We have a very good
relationship, and I am grateful to Vladimir Vladimirovich for still supporting
me and our children, he takes a lot of care about our children, and they feel
The correspondent asked in a bashful voice if it actually is
“You can call it a civilized divorce,” Lyudmila
Vladimir Putin thanked the correspondent making it clear
that the interview is over.
Vladimir Putin is 60, Lyudmila Putin is 55.