Putin’s per­sonal life

The Week (US) - - News 11 -

As be­fits a KGB man, Putin has man­aged to keep his per­sonal life largely un­der wraps. We do know that he mar­ried his wife, Lyud­mila, in 1983, but that they lived apart for a long time and an­nounced their divorce in 2013. Lyud­mila has de­scribed him as a worka­holic and has since re­mar­ried. The cou­ple has two daugh­ters, who at­tended col­lege un­der false names and now are aca­demics in their early 30s. In re­cent years, Putin has been linked with a num­ber of women, no­tably the for­mer gym­nast and politi­cian Alina Kabaeva. A vain man, the pres­i­dent is be­lieved to have had cos­metic treat­ments to main­tain his youth­ful looks in re­cent years, in­clud­ing Bo­tox, an eye lift, and cheek fillers. To­day, he lives and works in iso­la­tion at Novo-Ogary­ovo, the pres­i­den­tial es­tate out­side Moscow, ris­ing in the late morn­ing, and keep­ing his courtiers wait­ing while he works out in the pool and the gym. His fa­vorite sport is ice hockey: He plays as much as he can with his in­ti­mates, who are mostly oli­garchs and as­so­ciates from St. Peters­burg, and fills out the teams with body­guards. He in­vari­ably scores sev­eral goals, and his side al­ways wins.

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