Dmitri Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, categorically dismissed online rumours that the Russian president remarried in a church ceremony at a secluded monastery in central Russia. On Saturday, a Twitter message swept through social networks claiming that Putin, who divorced in June, tied the knot again earlier in the day at Iversky Monastery in Novgorod Oblast, whilst security personnel and police cordoned off the area. In an interview with Dozhd television, Peskov called these rumours “Saturday Internet exercises born of boredom”. On 6 June, on nationwide television, Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, announced that their marriage is over. Both Putins said that the reason for their split was the president’s work, which consumes most of his time and requires a very public lifestyle. The announcement put an end to years of speculation about the strength of the Putins’ marriage, fuelled by the first lady’s increasingly rare appearances in public over the past five years. At the time, Peskov said that there was no other woman in Putin’s life, and that any information stating such was nothing more than “gossip, hearsay, and assumptions”.
22 September 2013