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Vladimir Putin And Wife Say Their Marriage Is Over

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, have announced that they have separated and that their marriage is over. "It was our mutual decision," Putin said. "Our marriage is over." The two were married on July 28, 1983. Putin and Lyudmila had appeared infrequently in public together, sparking many rumors through the years.

Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Shkrebneva on their wedding day, July 28, 1983
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Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Shkrebneva on their wedding day, July 28, 1983

Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Putina in a wedding photo from July 28, 1983
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Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Putina in a wedding photo from July 28, 1983

Vladimir Putin, his wife, Lyudmila, and daughter Maria in a photograph from the spring of 1985
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Vladimir Putin, his wife, Lyudmila, and daughter Maria in a photograph from the spring of 1985

Lyudmila (right), Svetlana (second from right), wife of former President Dmitry Medvedev, Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko, and Naina, widow of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, attend Putin's inauguration as president at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 7, 2012.
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Lyudmila (right), Svetlana (second from right), wife of former President Dmitry Medvedev, Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko, and Naina, widow of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, attend Putin's inauguration as president at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 7, 2012.

Lyudmila Putina (left), Uzbek President Islam Karimov, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Tatiana Karimova at the Kremlin in May 2001
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Lyudmila Putina (left), Uzbek President Islam Karimov, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Tatiana Karimova at the Kremlin in May 2001

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila attended the "Esmeralda" ballet at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on the evening of June 6, 2013 shortly before announcing that their marriage had ended.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila attended the "Esmeralda" ballet at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on the evening of June 6, 2013 shortly before announcing that their marriage had ended.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (left), Russian President Vladimir Putin, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, and Lyudmila Putina attend the funeral of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin in Moscow in April 2007.
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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (left), Russian President Vladimir Putin, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, and Lyudmila Putina attend the funeral of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin in Moscow in April 2007.

Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila dine at a restaurant serving Siberian cuisine in Moscow after voting in the Duma elections in December 2007.
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Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila dine at a restaurant serving Siberian cuisine in Moscow after voting in the Duma elections in December 2007.

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