Vladimir Putin’s ex-wife Lyudmila has married a man 21 years her junior, according to reports in Moscow. The 58-year-old former Russian first lady appears on official records to have changed her name as if she is now the spouse of a known friend, dashing businessman Arthur Ocheretny, 37. If she has wed him, it mirrors the Kremlin strongman’s rumoured relationship with Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva, also in her 30s.
But it is also in stark contrast to rumours that the former Aeroflot stewardess had found sanctuary by shutting herself away in an Orthodox Church nunnery. There is no confirmation of the union as marriage certifcates are not public in Russia. Putin and his wife announced their divorce in July 2013. Since then she all but disappeared from view while the Russian president forbids any questions about his private life although he made clear in 2014 that he was happy in his love life.
Ocheretny is reported as heading the Centre For Interpersonal Communications and Literature Education publishing house in Moscow, both of which have been previously associated with Lyudmila Putina. His previous job was at a company called Art Show Centre, which organised parties for United Russia – Putin’s political party – and energy giant Gazprom
A St Petersburg property known to have been owned by Lyudmila’s family is now listed on official state records as belonging to Lyudmila Alexandrovna Ocheretnaya, with the name as well as date and place of birth matching those of the former first lady.
Had she wed Ocheretny, this would be her married name.However, marriage records are not open to public scrutiny in Russia.
It cannot be excluded that there has been an element of subterfuge, perhaps an attempt to give Lyudmila some privacy after her years in the limelight – in which she felt uncomfortable.
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