A report says the Russian president has fathered a second child with Olympic rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabaeva.
UNCONFIRMED: That Russian President Vladimir Putin and gymnast Alina Kabaeva have had a second child
Rumors of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s various —often shirtless— feats of strength and discovery are regularly remarked upon by the president himself. Other rumors — particularly the ones about his supposed long-running affair with 29-year-old Olympic rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabaeva — are much less commented on. The New York Post, nonetheless, has a new report citing “sources” claiming that Kabaeva has given birth a new child fathered by Putin. Speculation continues after it was announced that Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, are divorcing after 30 years of marriage.
A daughter born in November
Kabaeva’s baby is said to be a daughter born in November, though the location of the birth and girl’s name aren’t reported. The couple’s supposed first child is a three-year-old boy, whom Kabaeva has said is her “nephew.” Putin’s wife Lyudmila hasn’t been seen publicly since her husband’s inauguration last spring and no celebration was held for her 55th birthday, leading to much speculation that Putin and Kabaeva have grown even closer.
Putin and the ‘gymnast half his age’
Interest in the alleged affair first peaked in 2008 when the the Moskovski Korrespondent newspaper reported that the Russian president and “Olympic gymnast half his age” were set to be married. The story on the marriage was soon retracted and the newspaper shut down, while Putin’s camp refuted the story and has since refused to discuss it. Kabaeva, meanwhile, has supposedly been moved to “Putin’s “palatial retreat” in Sochi, and out of the prying eyes of the foreign press.
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