Alina Kabaeva and Vladimir Putin: an obstetrician confirms that the couple have two secret sons
Former gymnast Alina Kabaeva has long been rumored to be the girlfriend of the Russian president. Now, a report appears to confirm their two secret sons.
Vladimir Putin has two secret sons with his girlfriend, former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabaeva, according to a new report.
The first boy was born in secret in Switzerland amid heavy security in 2015, according to a source linked to the obstetrician who was at the birth.
The second son was born in Moscow in 2019 with the same specialist who flew to Russia for the birth, according to the Swiss newspaper Sonntagszeitung.
Rumors abound about a secret relationship
The Russian leader, who turns 70 this year, denies any relationship with Olympic gold medalist Kabaeva, 38, since 2007.
He hid his alleged secret family from voters and was not present at any of the boys’ births.
The report confirms strong rumors of a Putin-Kabaeva family, except suggesting there was a son born in 2019 rather than the rumored twins.
It also indicates that Kabaeva is the secret first lady of Russia.
This comes as the nation suffers major losses from its invasion of Ukraine.
The source of the new report – released on Sunday – is believed to be a personal friend of Kabaeva who also knows the obstetrician, an unnamed Soviet-born doctor who has known Mr Putin for more than three decades and a longtime Swiss citizen. after emigrating from Russia.
The newspaper reports: “Our source makes it clear: ‘Alina’s relationship with Putin existed. Their children – two sons – are Putin’s children. Alina had no other relationship. It would have been too dangerous for her.
The female doctor works at Clinica Sant’ Anna in the Italian-speaking Ticino region of Switzerland, where the first child was born.
The obstetrician had “maintained a relationship of trust with Putin”, according to the report.
“You had to keep it very low key,” the source told the newspaper.
Contrary to rumors in 2015, it appears Mr Putin was not present at the birth, which – at the time – the Kremlin denied.
There was also only one Swiss-born Putin-Kabaeva child, the source said.
By “decision of the president”, the second son was born in Moscow.
The same Russian expatriate Swiss obstetrician gave birth to the second son in Moscow in 2019.
Before the birth, Kabaeva had secretly traveled to Lugano several times.
The source described Kabaeva as “a very pleasant woman”.
“She’s a real sportswoman, very straight, without posture.
“She came with her mother and sister, but without bodyguards.”
Despite this, a blanket of secrecy was thrown over the births.
The relationship reportedly started in 2007
Kabaeva had also traveled several times to Switzerland before her relationship with Mr Putin, which reportedly began in 2007.
She was an ambassador for Longines watches from 1999 to 2008.
Recently, it was suggested that she and her children were rumored to be in a secluded Swiss chalet while the war with Ukraine continued.
However, 10 days ago – after a four-month absence from the spotlight – she reappeared in Moscow.
There are indications that she spent time near Geneva at the residence of Gennady Timchenko, 69, an oligarch very close to Mr Putin.
Representatives of Mr Timchenko declined to comment to the Swiss newspaper.
But Swiss government officials say there is no indication that Kabaeva has been in the country recently.
A video shows Kabaeva in May 2015 – which at the time sparked pregnancy rumors – performing at her annual children’s gymnastics show called ‘Alina 2015’.
At the time, she said, “The kids performed brilliantly.”
The “official” children of the Russian leader
Mr Putin has two officially recognized children – Maria, 37, and Katerina, 35, both from first wife Lyudmila Ocheretnaya.
Dr Maria Vorontsova, a year younger than Kabaeva, was born when the Russian president was a KGB spy in Germany.
She is an expert in rare genetic diseases in children and works as a senior researcher at the National Center for Medical Research in Endocrinology of the Ministry of Health of Russia.
Meanwhile, Katerina is Deputy Director of the Mathematical Research Institute of Complex Systems at Moscow State University.
She’s a former rock’n’roll dancer.
Both girls were sanctioned by the West – unlike Kabaeva, and Mr Putin’s unacknowledged “love child”, 19-year-old Luiza Rozova.
Luiza is the daughter of cleaner-turned-multimillionaire Svetlana Krivonogikh, 45, now co-owner of a major Russian bank, one of the country’s richest women with a financial and real estate fortune estimated at $130 million.
Many Russians saw Kabaeva as the reason for the breakdown of Putin’s marriage to former flight attendant Lyudmila, 63, in 2014.
Mr Putin has previously said: “I have a private life in which I do not allow any interference. You have to respect it. »
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko previously suggested Mr Putin’s divorce came about because Kabaeva had “pressured the president”.
Meanwhile, Kabaeva has publicly stated that she has met a man who “I like very much”, gushing: “Sometimes you feel so happy that you are even scared.”
First public appearance since the invasion
Kabaeva took advantage of the preparation for last weekend’s “Alina 2022” show in Moscow to make her first public appearance since the start of the war in Ukraine.
This followed rumors that she was hiding in Switzerland – or in a nuclear bunker in the Russian state of Siberia.
During the show itself, she was filmed in front of the ‘Z’ symbols of Putin’s troops, which critics compared to a swastika symbol.
She wore a $3,400 dress from a British designer as she led a patriotic-themed gymnastics ballet that appeared to compare Russia’s fight against Ukraine to defeating Hitler’s Nazis.
The event featured some of the Soviet Union’s most patriotic songs in a celebration of the country’s victory over the Germans.
The theme of his annual festival was undoubtedly aimed at building patriotic support for Mr. Putin’s military adventure in Ukraine.
She was seen wearing a wedding ring at the event. She was dressed in a fuchsia silk midi dress from the new collection of London-based Alessandra Rich, who has previously provided Samantha Cameron, wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron – for a state occasion with the former president American Barack Obama – and a host of A-listers.
The Russians were smitten with Kabaeva’s new look last weekend, sparking rumors of recent cosmetic surgery.
Russian Cosmopolitan said: “Something has really changed in Kabaeva’s face.” He added: “The legendary athlete was definitely prettier.”
Avoiding linking her to Mr Putin, he said of a woman widely regarded as Russia’s unofficial first lady: “Alina Kabaeva is one of the most mysterious and secretive women in our country.
“The gymnast almost never appears in public, [appear in] social networks, and it is not possible to accidentally see her on the street or in shopping centers.
Telegram channel Tol’ko Nikomu – also choosing its words carefully to avoid Russian censorship – hinted that she and Mr Putin shared the same plastic surgeon.
“A rare new appearance from Alina Kabaeva. This time she is dressed casually – and is seen again with a wedding ring.
“And yes, the handwriting of the family beautician is quite remarkable.”
Navalny demands sanctions against Kabaeva
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is currently in jail in the country after what was widely seen as a “sham” trial for fraud, has demanded sanctions against the former gymnast.
He chose Kabaeva’s National Media Group, arguing that it was in all likelihood owned by Mr Putin.
His salary here has been estimated at nearly $14.2 million a year, compared to an average Russian annual salary of $9,960.
Mr Navalny posted from prison: “I want to remind you that the National Media Group, which owns the lion’s share of this apparatus of lies, is undoubtedly owned by Putin personally, and as such is even officially led by Putin’s mistress Alina Kabaeva.”
He demanded that she, as a Putin propagandist, be treated as a “war criminal”.
Kabaeva has kept a low profile throughout the Ukraine war – but her media company has been vocal in cheering on the Russian president.
Shortly after the start of the war, a petition called on the Swiss authorities to send Kabaeva back to Russia.
“It’s time you reunited Eva Braun with her Führer,” the petition read.