In short, it’s a joint decision.” Mrs Putina, who wore pearls and a black-and-white outfit, confirmed that they had decided together to go their separate ways.
Murdoch was seen boarding Roman Abramovich's yacht in St. The billionaire Abramovich, owner of Chelsea soccer club, is a close friend of the Russian President. Putin's private life has been off-limits to the Russian press throughout his time in office.
One website went so far as to claim that the pair had been seen kissing in a Moscow restaurant.
His terms in office have propelled Mr Putin from complete unknown to Russian hero, as he claimed credit for rebuilding the pride of a nation shattered by post-communist chaos.
The announcement will likely only fuel speculation about Mr Putin’s private life.
The 60-year-old Russian president has been dogged by rumours for years that he had an affair with Alina Kabayeva, a 30-year-old politician and former Olympic rhythmic gymnast, although no hard evidence has ever been presented to confirm that.In a stilted – but clearly staged – interview on Russian state television after a night together at the ballet, the couple said they had agreed to a “civilised break-up” because they barely saw each other.