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Russia's First Couple Split After 30 Years of Marriage

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, announced Thursday on nationwide television that their marriage is over, ending years of media speculation about the couple’s relationship. The announcement followed the Putins’ joint outing to a ballet performance – the first time they had been seen in public since the president’s inauguration in May 2012.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, announced after a joint outing to a ballet performance on Thursday that their marriage is over, ending years of media speculation about the couple’s relationship.

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Lyudmila Putina, Vladimir Putin