Alina Kabaeva is an Olympic rhythmic gymnastic champion who, it has been revealed, is scheduled to marry Russian President Vladimir Putin in June. Read more and see photos and a video of Alina below.
Its been leaked by a Russian newspaper that Vladimir Putin has secretly divorced his wife, Ludmilla, and will be marrying 24-year-old Olympic rhythmic gymnastic champion, Alina Kabaeva, on June 15th in St. Petersburg. There have long been rumors of problems in Putin’s marriage to his 50-year-old wife and they have rarely been seen in public together.
Putin has set up a number of young, beautiful, female athletes and dancers in positions in the Russian government to add sex appeal to his political party, United Russia. Alina Kabaeva is one of those women. She was appointed to a position as an MP in Russia’s lower parliament. The women who owe their positions to the patronage of Vladimir Putin are referred to as Putin’s Babes (Putinskie Krasotki). They are deputies in the Duma – Russia’s lower parliament.
Enough of the politics of it … what about Alina Kabaeva!
Alina Kabaeva was born on May 12, 1983 in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union. She is 5’4″ tall and weights 106 pounds. She is known for her natural extreme flexibility combined with agility. Alina is Russia’s most successful rhythmic gymnast. She is also one of the most decorated gymnasts in the history of rhythmic gymnastics.
Kabaeva started rhythmic gymnastics in 1987 when she was just 4-years-old in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She made her international debut in 1996. In 1998 at age 15 Alina took on the European Championships in Portugal. Her victory considered by many to be completely unexpected. She took home a gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She took home the bronze medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Her relationship with Vladimir Putin started when she was distraught because she had dropped the hoop she was working with during the 2000 Olympics resulting in her only bringing home the bronze. She is such a popular figure in Russia that she met Putin following the Olympics and he comforted her over her disappointment. She was appointed to the Russian parliament in 2007 and, I guess, the rest is history.
Yesterday’s announcement of her engagement to Vladimir Putin seemed to come as a surprise to her father. He quickly overcame his surprise and said he was very happy his daughter was marrying such a great man.