Vladimir Putin has been romantically linked to gymnast Alina Kabaeva.
Kabaeva, 38, an Olympic gold medalist, is the Russian president’s rumored longtime girlfriend and reportedly the mother of Putin’s twins – here’s everything we know about her.
Who is Vladimir Putin’s rumored girlfriend Alina Kabaeva?
Alina Maratovna Kabaeva is a retired Russian politician, media manager, and rhythmic gymnast.
Kabaeva was born on May 12, 1983, in Uzbekistan, which was then a part of the Soviet Union, and grew up in a sporting family.
Marat Kabayev, her father, was a professional football player.
Kabaeva began her sports career at the age of three, following in her father’s footsteps, and became a rising star in rhythmic gymnastics in her teens.
She went on to win gold in Athens in 2004 and bronze in Sydney in 2000.
Kabaeva is one of gymnastics’ most successful athletes, having won two Olympic medals, 14 World Championship medals, and 21 European Championship medals.
How long have Vladimir Putin and Alina Kabaeva been dating?
Kabeava was first linked to Putin, 69, in 2008 when it was reported by a Moscow newspaper run by media tycoon and former KGB spy Alexander Lebedev.
The Russian president divorced his wife Lyudmila in 2013.
Kabaeva – dubbed “Russia’s First Mistress” – has gone on record to deny she is the Russian president’s partner, but it has not stopped rumors that the couple are engaged, married and even have a secret family together.
In 2016, Kabaeva appeared in public wearing a ring on her ring finger, which she seemed to attempt to hide from the cameras.
She was wearing the ring again during a rare TV interview, where she failed to shed any new light on her alleged relationship with the Kremlin strongman, whose name was not mentioned.
In February 2017, Kabaeva made another public appearance apparently showing off her wedding ring at a gymnastics tournament in Moscow.
Months later, Kabaeva teased Russians yet again by showing off what appeared to be a wedding ring on an outing in Italy.
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