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Vladimir Putin: who is Alina Kabeava, the alleged mistress of the Russian president?

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Alina Kabeava, the Russian-born gymnast, is often referred to as Vladimir Putin’s mistress. If officially, their relationship is not proven, his name comes up regularly, given the news related to the Russian president.

While Vladimir Putin is at the heart of the news, since he launched the offensive against Ukraine on February 24, another name comes up regularly, that of Alina Kabaeva. This woman would be the mistress of the Russian president.

Her name quickly emerged when Vladimir Putin and his ex-wife, Lioudmila Chkrebneva, divorced in 2013. Then aged 34, the young woman already enjoyed a certain notoriety before being associated with the name of the Russian president.

Sporting career

She was born in 1983 in Tashkent. The current capital of Uzbekistan was then part of the Soviet Union. Soon, young Alina began a career as a professional gymnast. Her flexibility contributes to her sporting fame, which will lead her to win two Olympic medals, one bronze in 2000 at the Sydney Olympics and the other gold at the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Alina Kabaeva at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in 2001.

Alina Kabaeva at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in 2001.
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Political career

In 2007, his sports career came to an end. This year also marks a rapprochement with Vladimir Putin. In 2008, she entered the Duma, the lower house of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

That same year the celebrity of the athlete took a new turn, with the question, openly posed at a press conference by the Russian daily Moskovsky Korrespondent on the rumor of their relationship, which has been circulating for some time.

Persistent Rumors

Except that still married at that time, Vladimir Poutine welcomes the question very badly, as Le Parisien recalls in a 2019 article devoted to the supposed affair between the Russian president and the former athlete. He also announces the closing of the newspaper a few hours after the press conference.

In 2015, she gave birth to a child. The father is quickly designated by the media: it would be Vladimir Putin. Faced with growing rumors in the foreign press, the Kremlin reacted: “The information on the birth of a baby whose father is Vladimir Putin is false”.

She would have a total of three or four children. More recently, media reports that the former gymnast would be in Switzerland, while the war between Russia and Ukraine is raging.

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