Russian PMO denies rumours of Putin`s divorce
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Last Updated: Monday, October 18, 2010, 17:49
Moscow: The Russian Prime Minister's Office on Monday denied rumours of Vladimir Putin's divorce with his wife Ludmila by posting a video of the couple taking part in the national census, which started last week.

The couple has been rarely seen together since Putin moved from the Kremlin to the Russian White House (PMO) in May 2008, fanning rumours about the strongman divorcing his wife.

The video showed Putin, 58 and his wife Ludmila, 52 in beige casual dresses sitting on a sofa of the same colour and responding to questions of the census takers.

This morning the state-run Rossiya 24 channel showed Mrs Putin heartily laughing at some remark made by her husband during the census interview.

Last time the couple was seen together was at a theatre show last year, Ekho Moskvy radio reported.

"The fact that the couple very rarely appears in public is due to extremely hectic working schedule of Vladimir Putin," PMO spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Earlier, the Moscow Patriarchate had also denied rumours that Ludmila Putin had left the secular life and joined an Orthodox convent.

Rumours of the Russian Premier's divorce appeared for the first time after a news report about his alleged love affair with a young gymnast Alina Kabayeva appeared in "Moskovsky Correspondent" weekly, which later apologised and was shut down due to financial problems.


First Published: Monday, October 18, 2010, 17:49

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