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Vladimir Putin: does he have a wife and children?

Putin has kept his family affairs as private as possible despite being in the public eye for decades.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the National Space Centre construction site in Moscow on February 27, 2022. (Photo by Sergei GUNEYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP)
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Vladimir Putin has worked on preventing the media from knowing much about his personal life. Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya was married to Putin from 1983 to 2014. Lyudmila was a flight attendant for the Kaliningrad branch of Aeroflot. She met Putin in Leningrad and they married in July of 1983.

The couple made their divorce public on Russian state television after attending a ballet performance. "It was a joint decision: we hardly see each other, each of us has our own life," Putin said.

Activists and Ukrainian New Yorkers protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine during a rally in Washington Square Park in Manhattan, New York on 27 February 2022
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Activists and Ukrainian New Yorkers protest against Russia's invasion of Ukraine during a rally in Washington Square Park in Manhattan, New York on 27 February 2022ANDREA RENAULT/AFPAFP

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Putin's daughters

Putin has two daughters with Lyudmila. He has never publicly acknowledged his children, though media outlets have reported about the two daughters Putin had with his ex-wife. There are also unconfirmed reports that he may have had another daughter in 2015 with former Russian rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabaeva. Neither the child nor the relationship with Kabaeva have been confirmed.

His daughter's names are Maria and Katerina. Maria, the eldest, was born in Leningrad in 1985, and Katerina was born in Germany in 1986 when the family lived there during her father's time in the KGB.

Maria studied biology in college and went to medical school in Moscow, while Katerina majored in Asian Studies in college. Both girls attended university under false identities.

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