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  Vladimir Putin 'to wed Olympic gymnast half his age'
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Last EditedBob  Apr 18, 2008 09:43am
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MediaNewspaper - Daily Telegraph
News DateFriday, April 18, 2008 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionHe is the president of a resurgent superpower. She is a rhythmic gymnast less than half his age.

Now all Moscow is ablaze with rumours that Vladimir Putin, 56, and the flexible 24-year-old Alina Kabaeva have decided to tie the knot.

The whispers of romance are particularly scurrilous because Mr Putin has not officially announced any separation from his 50-year-old wife, Ludmilla.

But the former KGB spy, known for keeping his private life as far out of the spotlight as his former career, is reported to have split from her two months ago.

Rumours of Mr Putin's courtship of the rhythmic gymnast champion and model, who is now a member of the Russian parliament, have been circulating unofficially for some time.
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