Alina Kabaeva decorated with the en:Order of Merit for the Fatherland by President Vladimir Putin. via Kremlin Wikimedia Commons

Putin Ships Gold Medalist Mistress to Switzerland

Alina Kabaeva, the longtime mistress of Vladimir Putin, has purportedly been shipped off for safekeeping in Switzerland as Russia’s war against Ukraine has continued to heat up. The 38-year-old Olympic gold medalist has long been rumored to be Putin’s significant other despite denials from the Kremlin and reportedly borne four children with the 69-year-old Russian president. 

According to Page Six, “Alina has two young boys and twin girls with Putin who were born in Switzerland,” a source told Page Six about Putin’s alleged children with Kabaeva, 38. “The kids all have Swiss passports, and I imagine she does also.”

Putin has always guarded his personal life from public scrutiny. “I have a private life in which I do not permit interference. It must be respected,” he once said. “I have always reacted negatively to those who with their snotty noses and erotic fantasies prowl into others’ lives.”

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Putin was previously married to Lyudmila Shkrebneva, a former flight attendant. Their marriage lasted for three decades until finally divorcing in 2013. They have two daughters, both slightly younger than his current mistress, Maria, 36, and Katerina, 35. Maria was born in St. Petersburg in 1985, while Katerina was born in Germany in 1986 while the family lived abroad during Putin’s career working in the KGB, the main security agency for the Soviet Union. 

Kabaeva struck gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, winning the Individual All-Around for Rhythmic Gymnastics competition. She was previously engaged to policeman David Museliani in 2004. In April 2008, Moskovsky Korrespondent published an article that mentioned the Russian President had divorced his wife and planned to marry the gymnast at Konstantinov Palace in Saint Petersburg. The report was strenuously denied before the newspaper was closed for good shortly afterward. 

According to The Daily Star, Kabaeva was dubbed ‘Russia’s most flexible women’ after claiming a bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney games and 

“sparked a storm in Russia after posing nude for Maxim, a Russian men’s magazine, in 2004.” She was a practicing Muslim until 2002, but it was reported that she had converted to Christianity in 2003.

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