Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila on Thursday, announced their divorce after many decades of marriage, in a shocking revelation that ended years of speculation about their union.
The pair, who has two daughters in their late 20s, made the announcement side-by-side in a joint interview with state television after watching a ballet performance inside the Kremlin. Persistent rumours have swirled for years around Putin’s marriage and even alleged mistresses but until now there has been a total taboo over discussing his private life in mainstream Russian media.
Putin said in an interview with Rossia-24 television,that it was a joint decision between him and his wife . He continued to say that “We are always going to be very close to each other. I am sure, forever.” “Our marriage is over, really because of the fact that we practically never see each other,” added Lyudmila, who has been almost invisible in public in recent years.