From my colleague Kathy Lally’s story on their divorce:
Lyudmila Putin was an Aeroflot flight attendant from Kaliningrad when the couple met. Vladimir Putin was a young KGB agent. He had already left one fiancée at the altar — also named Lyudmila. They married in 1983.She followed him to Dresden, in East Germany at the time, then back to St. Petersburg and on to Moscow when he took a job in the Kremlin. Along the way, they had two daughters, now grown.As president, Putin has made a fetish of appearing to work inhuman hours, often interspersed with bouts of intense physical activity.
Rumors about Kabaeva and Putin have gone back to 2008; a Russian newspaper that linked them was quickly shut down. Putin denied any connection to Kabaeva, including a rumor that she gave birth to his son.