Rumor Mill: Putin Has Love Child No. 2

Daughter with Alina Kabaeva said to have been born in November
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2013 11:23 AM CST
Rumor Mill: Putin Has Love Child No. 2
Russian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin, left, and his wife Lyudmila arrive at a polling station in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Today in the Wacky World of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president is now rumored to have a second love child with former Olympian Alina Kabaeva. Putin has long been linked to the 29-year-old rhythmic gymnast, and the two were already believed to have a 3-year-old son together. The new child, a daughter, was born in November, a source tells the New York Post. Russian media have never officially named Putin and Kabaeva the parents of the boy, and she's called him her nephew in the past.

The Russian media has, however, reported Putin and Kabaeva were engaged in the past, though the newspaper that did so quickly retracted the story and was then shut down. Putin's wife, Lyudmila, hasn't been seen in public in quite some time and the Chechen president recently referred to her as Putin's "first wife." For more in wacky world leaders, click for Silvio Berlusconi's thoughts on Mussolini. (More Vladimir Putin stories.)

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