- Last Updated: 7:14 AM, April 24, 2012
- Posted: 1:21 AM, April 24, 2012
Vladimir Putin may have had an affair with sexy former spy Anna Chapman — which might have knocked the Russian president’s wife of 29 years out of the spotlight, Kremlin watchers say.
Putin, 59, is an ever-present figure in the Russian media but has been shown just twice with his 54-year-old wife, Lyudmila, in the last two years.
Ex-Manhattanite Chapman, 30, who was booted to Moscow in a 2010 spy swap, soon emerged as a key player in the pro-Kremlin Young Guard of United Russia, and later became a lingerie model/TV- show hostess/newspaper and magazine editor.
The Kremlin has repeatedly denied the existence of a Putin-Chapman romance, but the UK’s Daily Mail yesterday called it one of the leading explanations for the recent invisibility of Lyudmila Putin.
Her husband was elected last month to his third term as president.