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Vladimir Putin Is Getting A Divorce

Russia's first couple is no longer.

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Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila announced Thursday that they are divorcing after nearly 30 years of marriage.

"It was our joint decision," the Russian President said in a TV interview. He didn't give any specific reason for the end of their marriage, only saying, "We practically never saw each other. To each his own life."

Lyudmila's explanation was short and to-the-point: "I don't like publicity and flying is difficult for me."

The news came as a shock to the nation and world — right before the announcement, they appeared together at a ballet performance looking quite happy.


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