Putin in love again
Vladimir Putin on Thursday admitted he is in love, fuelling rumours over a relationship with Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva.
Denying he had 'completely gone wild' in his romantic life, the divorced strongman revealed that he 'loves' and is loved in return, but refused to disclose the identity of his mystery partner.
If true, it could mean that Russia's 'most eligible man' is no longer available. Putin has been leading bachelor's life for more than a year since he split with wife Lyudmila after 30 years of marriage.
The subject of Putin's private life has been seen as taboo in Moscow but yesterday he was asked by a journalist at his annual press conference if he had time for the opposite sex. The 62 year old replied: 'I do, I tell you'.
Whatever the case, Putin says he remains close to Lyudmila and their children.