Vladimir Putin was married to Lyudmila Putina from 1983 until 2013
MOSCOW:MNN: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he would probably have to get married again, but did not say to whom.
Vladimir Putin, 66, who jealously protects his privacy and that of his close family, was replying to a question posed by a reporter at his annual press conference, which focused mainly on international relations and the state of the economy.
This year’s event attracted a record 1,700 Russian and foreign correspondents to a downtown Moscow hotel ballroom, and lasted just short of four hours.
And as both the size of the venues and the duration expand, reporters have resorted to innovative techniques to try and attract the attention of the Russian president.
“As a respectable person, I will have to do this at some point,”Vladimir Putin said, smiling.
Vladimir Putin was married to Lyudmila Putina from 1983 until their divorce, announced in 2013.
Vladimir Putin will never be accused of being media shy.
Their daughters, Katerina and Maria, both in their early 30s, are not involved in politics and have stayed firmly out of the limelight.
Since he divorced his wife Lyudmila, rumours have swirled around Putin’s personal life.
One Russian newspaper report said he was in a relationship with Alina Kabaeva, a former Olympic gymnast, though Putin rejected the assertion.