An old interview of former Russian gymnast Alina Kabaeva, considered to be Mr Putin’s “lover,” has resurfaced on the internet. The interview, from 2008, features Ms. Kabaeva discussing her ideal man, although neither she nor Mr. Putin have ever publicly acknowledged a romantic relationship.
Ms. Kabaeva, who gained fame after winning a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, was interacting with a group of Russian schoolchildren in the interview. When asked if she had met her ideal man, Ms. Kabaeva giggles and confirms that she has, declaring her happiness and love for him.
During the time of the interview, Mr. Putin was married to his first wife, Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, but they divorced in 2014. Ms. Kabaeva was also asked if she would ever pursue a married man, to which she responded that if a man is already interested in someone else, there must be problems within the family.
According to a report, Mr. Putin has allegedly spent millions on properties for Ms. Kabaeva and their children. The investigation, conducted by a Russian opposition website, claims that the couple resides in a luxurious palace near Moscow.
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