Putin’s ‘secret lover’ not publicly seen since his cardiac arrest death rumours
Alina Kabaeva hasn't been publicly seen since October 22.
An Olympic gold medalist long rumoured to be Vladimir Putin’s mistress hasn’t been seen for weeks.
Alina Kabaeva, 40, hasn’t made a public appearance since October 22 during a visit to her elite gymnastics school in Sochi, a Russian city on the Black Sea.
Just days later a sketchy Telegram blog said the Russian president had died of a cardiac arrest, a claim the Kremlin furiously denied as ‘fake news’ at best.
Only a week before, the General SVR account alleged that if the leader were to die, a body double would likely rule in his stead.
Kabaeva was last seen at the Alina Kabaeva Sky Grace Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy in Sochi about 170 miles south of Putin’s summer home.
She oversaw the final day of the competition with Irina Viner, Russia’s top rhythmic gymnastics coach and ex-wife of pro-Kremlin oligarch Alisher Usmanov.
Kabaeva was filmed cutting a cake at the end of the international Games of Countries tournament which took place at the academy from October 19-22, according to Sky Grace.
Writing on her blog on the Sky Grace website on October 25, she said: ‘Congratulations to everyone on the closing of the Country Games! See you at the Sky Grace-2023 tournament.’
Sky Grace posted a video on its Telegram the following day showing Kabaeva coaching a student.
The most recent blog post attributed to Kabaeva was published on October 28.
An interview with the athlete was also recently aired by the Russian sports channel Match TV last Friday as part of a weekly programme about Sky Grace.
However, Kabaeva has all but vanished from the public eye for weeks at a time before, as she did not long after being sanctioned by the US.
The alleged first lady is a member of the Russian Duma who won gold in rhythmic gymnastics. She’s even believed to be the mother of Putin’s youngest two or three children.
Before they divorced in 2014, Putin had been married to Lyudmila Putin since July 1983 – two months before Kabaeva was born. But his wandering eye has been speculated on for decades.
Despite efforts by the president to keep his private life firmly behind Kremlin doors, Putin was forced to deny he was involved with Kabaeva as early as 2008.
‘I have always reacted negatively to those who, with their snotty noses and erotic fantasies, meddle in other people’s lives,’ he told a reporter just a day after a Moscow newspaper claimed Putin planned to marry Kabaeva.
The paper, Moskovsky Korrespondent, closed shortly after due to ‘financial reasons’.
General SVR, often the source of wild rumours about Putin’s health, from body doubles to him soiling himself, has claimed for weeks the leader is dead.
In a post yesterday, the account said senior Russian officials have been told ‘Putin’s corpse is currently being stored incorrectly’ and will soon be frozen in his forest getaway by Lake Valdai.
‘In general, as they joke around Patrushev,’ the post added, ‘Russian President Vladimir Putin will soon have a “housewarming party.”’
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