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Putin's 'Girlfriend' Online

Alina Kabaeva has launched a new website. I guess the website is intended to give her a little bit more respectability after the raft of tabloid exposure (and her own exposure in the racy Duma calendar). Putin has denied the affair, and Russia's yellow press seems to have lost some of its enthusiasm for reporting on it.

-- Luke Allnutt

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