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Olympic gymnast reportedly rumored to have had twins with Putin vanishes
By Yaron SteinbuchOctober 8, 2020 | 6:42am
An Olympic gold medal-winning rhythmic gymnast long rumored to have had twins with Russian President Vladimir Putin has disappeared from public view, according to a report.
Putin, who has two adult children with ex-wife Lyudmila Shkrebneva, has insisted he had no relationship with Kabaeva, a former deputy in his United Russia Party.
“Putin is an intensely private man. He has been hiding his two adult daughters under fake IDs for years,” a Moscow source told the news outlet.
“Even now, though he talks about them occasionally, he never names them,” the source added. “If Alina gave birth to his children, her hiding away might be one of the strongest hints pointing to this. He is obsessive about the security of his family.”
Kabaeva, who once posed semi-naked in a magazine, is chairwoman of the board of directors of the National Media Group, which won an exclusive contract to deliver Netflix content, the Sun reported.
She won two Olympic medals, 14 World Championship medals and 25 European Championship medals.
Rumors about her romance with the Russian leader first emerged in 2008.
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Vladimir Putin and Alina Kabayeva in 2001 AFP via Getty Images
Before vanishing from public view, the glamorous ex-gymnast who is Vladimir Putin’s rumored longtime lover had glittered under a spotlight for two decades.
Alina Kabaeva was an Olympic gold-medal athlete in her teens in the 2000s, a member of Russia’s Parliament for years, and now, in her 30s, remains the boss, at least in name, of a major national media company.
But it would be as Putin’s reputed love interest for the past dozen years — and quite possibly the mother of four of his children — that the spotlight would glare its brightest.
Since 2008, Europe’s tabloids have pored over her pregnancies, public appearances and online postings, speculating over a rumored romance that remained stubbornly unconfirmed by both Putin and Kabaeva.
Then suddenly — after she wore a billowing red dress to her last public appearance, in the fall of 2018, prompting rumors of yet another pregnancy — the spotlight clicked off, and she disappeared from public life.
She has been raising her new twin boys, born in May 2019, and two older children also rumored to have been fathered by Putin, in secrecy ever since.
“He is obsessive about the security of his family,” a Moscow source told the Sun newspaper of the Russian strongman.
Kabaeva became a Russian superstar in the early 2000s as a fresh-faced, gold-bedecked rhythmic gymnast.