5 Photos of Vladimir Putin and His Wife Looking Miserable Together

Russia's President Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony of receiving credentials in the Kremlin in Moscow, on September 26, 2012. Putin said today world powers should draw lessons from their mistakes and stop interfering in crisis-hit nations of North Africa and the Middle East.
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Vladimir Putin, who has long been rumored to have at least one girlfriend in addition to his wife of nearly 30 years, is getting a divorce. The Russian president appeared on television today with his "shadowy figure" of a wife, Lyudmila Putina (to whom Russians "are mostly indifferent") and announced that they are separated for good. While Lyudmila is rarely seen in public compared to the wives of most world leaders, the couple almost never looked happy, even taking into account that someone as manly as Putin never smiles with teeth. To memory lane we go ...

Russia's  Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L)  and his wife Lyudmila Putina (R) pray during an Orthodox Easter service in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral on April 24, 2011 in Moscow, Russia. This year, Orthodox and Catholic churches are celebrating Easter on the same date.
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 Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his wife Lyudmila Putina (L) listen to media questions, after they voted in a parliamentary election in Moscow 07 December 2003. Putin voted in an election that could hand his United Russia a constitutional majority and squeeze out the liberal opposition.
Wladimir W. Putin, President Russian Federation, and his wife Ludmila Alexandrowna Putina arrive to the dinner in Gut Hohen Luckow near Bad Doberan, Germany, Thuesday, June 6, 2007.
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This file picture dated 12 February 2003 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila Putina visiting the village of Saint-Emilion in France. A women's association from Vladivostok proposed 16 November 2008 to nominate Lyudmila Putina as a candidate for the March 2008 presidential election.
Russian President Vladimir Putin poses with his wife Lyudmila in front of the Taj Mahal 04 October 2000. Putin is on a three-day visit to India.

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Bare-breasted woman protest against Vladimir Putin at a trade fair in Germany. The anti-Putin activist seem to be part of feminist group Femen.
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