In contrast to the French President Sarkozy, the Russian President Vladmir Putin known for keeping his private life strictly private seems to have made an exception in this news which is catching like wild fire in Moscow that he has fallen in love with a 24 year old Gymnast who is less than half of his age and is planning to tie the knot in June.
The rumors doing the round in Moscow revolved around this news ever since the Russian Newspaper ‘Maskivskir’ published a report to this effect. An unverified report states that a website has claimed that they were seen kissing each other in a Moscow Restaurant.
Ms.Kabeava who is quoted to be born in 1983 represented Russia in both the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games. Despite being discouraged by her trainers on the count that she was ugly and too heavy, she did not give up her gymnastic training to which she took at the age of 4. She made her international debut in 1996 and took the European title as a Champion. She won the World Title in Osaka but in 2000 Sydney Olympics she had to settle down for a bronze;but when her career graphs started to look up once again, she was tested for positive for a banned diuretic and consequently was stripped off of her medals. But she bounced back in the 2004 Athens Olympic by claiming the gold.
She had acted in a Japanese action movie in 2001, appeared in a video in 2007 and is also reported to have dared in photographs as a model. Since 2007 she has been a Member of Russian Parliament.
The news about the Russian President is that though he has split his relationship with his 50 year old wife, Ms.Ludmilla, he is yet to make it public. This may precede the wedding which is expected to take place after a month he steps down as the Russian President. Plans are already reported to be afoot for a lavish wedding.