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Russia’s President and First Lady Announce Divorce

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, said Thursday their marriage is over, ending years of speculation about their relationship… 🙁

Nothing more needs to be said…

Post by Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…

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  1. Kyle Keeton Post author | June 6, 2013

    On Thursday evening, the President and his wife attended the “Esmeralda” ballet at the State Kremlin Palace. After the ballet they gave an interview to one of the prominent Russian TV channels in which Mrs Putin claimed her marriage with the President was over.

    “Yes, we can say this is a civilized divorce”, said Mrs Putin.

    Mr Putin, in turn, said “this was a mutual decision”.

    The President also added that the reason behind his divorce from Lyudmila is rooted in the fact that not every person is ready for such a high degree of publicity which the President’s wife has to face on an every day basis.

    “All my work is related to the public sphere, where absolute publicity is a necessary prerequisite. Some people like it, some do not, but there are people who cannot live with it at all”, – Putin said.

    “Lyudmila was such a public person for 8 years, already 9” – the President added.

    “I don’t like publicity, and I have problems with flying,” said Lyudmila Putina. “We are very fond of our children, we are proud of them, and we see them all the time.”

    Vladimir Putin said their children “have been educated in Russia and live in Russia permanently.”

    “We will forever remain very close people,” said Lyudmila Putina. I’m grateful to Vladimir Vladimirovich that he supports me.”

    Voice of Russia, RIA
    Read more: http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_06_06/President-Putin-and-wife-Lyudmila-announce-their-marriage-is-over-RIA-7235/

  2. blackseabrew June 7, 2013

    Wasn’t expecting this.

  3. Kyle Keeton Post author | June 7, 2013

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov has called for treating the president’s private life with respect and not intruding into it.

    Peskov refrained from answering Interfax how Vladimir and Lyudmila Putin’s daughters had taken the news about their divorce.

    “Anything that concerns Vladimir Putin’s private life concerns only him, and he has never made it public. This is his principle, he has deserved this right, and let’s treat it with respect,” he said.

    Peskov said he was unaware of Lyudmila Putin’s plans and did not know whether she planned to leave the presidential residence in Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow.

    “I am not informed about this,” he said. Peskov denied that the Putins deliberately chose the time and venue for announcing their divorce. Asked by Interfax why the couple announced their intention to separate precisely on Thursday evening, Peskov replied, “It just happened so. Just the journalist asked the question, and the president answered.”

    Vladimir and Lyudmila Putin announced their intention to separate after visiting the premiere of the ballet Esmeralda based on Victor Hugo’s novel Notre Dame de Paris at the Grand Kremlin Palace on Thursday evening.

    Peskov noted the Putins had not yet formalized their divorce but only announced their intention to do so. An Interfax correspondent reported from the palace that Vladimir and Lyudmila Putin looked absolutely calm throughout the performance, and Lyudmila was smiling both while entering and exiting the hall.
    This was the first time the Putins appeared together in public in a long time. Vladimir and Lyudmila Putin married on July 28, 1983. They have two daughters, Maria, born in 1985, and Katerina, born in 1986.

    President Putin and wife Lyudmila announce their marriage is over

    On Thursday evening, the President and his wife attended the “Esmeralda” ballet at the State Kremlin Palace. After the ballet they gave an interview to one of the prominent Russian TV channels in which Mrs Putin claimed her marriage with the President was over.

    “Yes, we can say this is a civilized divorce”, said Mrs Putin.

    Mr Putin, in turn, said “this was a mutual decision”.

    The President also added that the reason behind his divorce from Lyudmila is rooted in the fact that not every person is ready for such a high degree of publicity which the President’s wife has to face on an every day basis.

    “All my work is related to the public sphere, where absolute publicity is a necessary prerequisite. Some people like it, some do not, but there are people who cannot live with it at all”, – Putin said.

    “Lyudmila was such a public person for 8 years, already 9” – the President added.

    “I don’t like publicity, and I have problems with flying,” said Lyudmila Putina. “We are very fond of our children, we are proud of them, and we see them all the time.”

    “Yes, I support the words of Vladimir Vladimirovich,” said Lyudmila Putina. “It’s true that it was our joint decision. And it’s also true that the reason why our marriage is over is that we practically don’t see each other. Vladimir Vladimirovich is completely immersed in his work, our children have grown up, each of them has her own life. To sum up, we’ve ended up in a situation where each of us has our own life. And it’s true that I don’t like publicity.”

    Vladimir Putin said their children “have been educated in Russia and live in Russia permanently.”

    “We will forever remain very close people,” said Lyudmila Putina. I’m grateful to Vladimir Vladimirovich that he supports me.”

    Asked whether they were divorced, Lyudmila said it was a “civilised divorce”. But neither clarified whether they were legally divorced and Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said he did not know.

    The couple had last been seen in public together at Putin’s inauguration to his third presidential term on May 7, 2012.

    They married in 1983 and have two daughters, both in their 20s.

  4. Kyle Keeton Post author | June 7, 2013

    “There is no other woman in the president’s life,” President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said, dismissing rumors that Putin will re-marry soon after divorce, noting that one should look at Putin’s busy schedule.

    The Putins, Russia’s first couple, announces ‘civilized’ divorce – photos

    “Even an accidental person will understand, looking at Putin’s schedule, that his life is not connected with any family relations in any way, unfortunately. It is entirely centered on his duties and responsibilities as president,” Peskov said.

    On whether Russia will see a presidential wedding any time soon similar to Nicholas Sarkozy’s in France, he said, “I don’t think answering such questions is within the presidential press secretary’s responsibilities. But I can say for sure that these are mere speculations and rumors rather than anything else,” Peskov said.

    Peskov said that he is not informed, either, about Lyudmila Putina’s plans and that “no one should poke into her private life.”

    “I don’t know anything about this, either, and I don’t think I have the right to know. I don’t think anyone should be poking into her private life. Although, I am sure – she herself said that -she is grateful to Putin for maintaining excellent personal relations and, second, for taking care of her and their children – adults who live their own lives,” Peskov said.

    He declined to speculate on when the Putins’ divorce could be finalized.

    “It is a formality. Then again, let us leave this to Vladimir Vladimirovich and Lyudmila Alxandrovna. It is absolutely their private affair,” Peskov said.

    Putin’s forthcoming remarriage a blatant rumor – Peskov

    Speculation about Putin’s plans to re-marry after divorcing Lyudmila Putin is a blatant rumor, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

    Dmitry Peskov made a statement to this effect in an interview aired by Radio Ekho Moskvy.

    Peskov said Putin’s divorce was the spouses’ ‘common decision’ and wasn’t prompted by a new relationship.

    “A quick look at the president’s schedule is enough to understand that he is married to his job and that there is no room for family or a romantic relationship in his more than busy life as head of state”, – Peskov said.

    The presidential spokesman said he didn’t know when the divorce proceedings would start.

    “Putin’s personal life is his business alone”, – he added.

  5. Kyle Keeton Post author | June 7, 2013

    Hey Blackseabrew,

    I was but then I live here and see it happening. I still am bothered by it and wished that I had been wrong. But the last few years it was obvious to many Russians. Rumor had it that they have not been living together for at least a year and it looks to be true. I really think that when Putin a few months ago was looking really bad, this is why. He has come to grips with it and as far as I can tell the divorce is done and over already. They are now just telling everyone. His wedding ring was removed on Thursday for the first time…

    Life goes on…

    He is married to Russia and I doubt any woman can compete…

    Thanks for stopping by..
    Kyle

  6. Kyle Keeton Post author | June 7, 2013

    Asked, “Does the president have the right to divorce, in your opinion?”, 71% of those questioned by the Superjob.ru portal on Friday answered in the affirmative.

    Every fifth respondent answered in the negative, and 9% were undecided. In a similar 2007 survey when then French president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his divorce, 87% of respondents concurred with the view that the president has an unquestionable right to end his marriage while 8% backed the view that a public office so high rules this out.

    Respondents in Friday’s poll argued that the president is a human being and so he has the right to do what he likes with his private life.

    Putin and his wife Lyudmila were commended widely in the survey for going public with their decision to divorce.

    “Better be honest than devious,” “Nothing human is alien to him. The law gives him this right as well,” and “Everyone has a right to private life” were some of the comments.

    The view that the president has a right to divorce was shared by 73% of the male and 69% of the female respondents. Those who disagreed argued that the head of state needs an impeccable reputation and must be a model to imitate, and that discord in his family is a serious stain on his image.

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