Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Vladimir, here's Gr8 chance to find love

By Lindy McDowell

Published 13/06/2013

Eligible bachelor: Vladimir Putin is recently divorced
Eligible bachelor: Vladimir Putin is recently divorced

Single women of Fermanagh – now's your chance.

Among the world leaders jetting in for the G8 is Russia's Vladimir Putin, suddenly single after his very recent divorce from Lyudmila, his wife of 29 years.

OK, so he's no Brad Pitt or George Clooney.

But if you ever fantasised (and who hasn't?) about being First Lady of the Russian Federation, now's your time to make a move.

Unusually for a world leader (since a spouse is all but compulsory in power play politics), Vlad will be coming here on his ownski.

From Russia with not a lot of love.

Back home there is speculation about former gymnast, Alina Kabayeva, who is said to be close to Mr P.

How close?

So close that a Russian paper which published rumours of their closeness got closed down.

But Alina is unlikely to be headed to the G8, which surely throws the doors open for local lonely heartskis.

Old romantic that Vladimir is, he announced his divorce after a night at the ballet with the ex-Mrs Putin.

In a weird staged photocall he went in with his wedding ring on, but came out with it removed.

They remain, reportedly, on good terms.

Which you imagine you would do too, where the grim-faced former KGB boss is concerned.

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