A few years back, Lyudmila Putina was married to long-time Russian President Vladimir Putin. As the First Lady of a country, one would have expected that she would live a life of bliss filled with joy and happiness. However, all that glitters is not gold. Her 30-year-long union basically involved the sensitive Putina enduring an unemotional and ruthlessly ambitious husband.
However, the end of her marriage to Putin gave her the opportunity to find love again in the arms of businessman Artur Ocheretny who is younger than her with over two decades. The details of their union were never made public, but the former first lady has since changed her name to Ocheretnaya.
Lyudmila Putina’s Career Before She Became The First Lady Of Russia
Upon leaving the Leningrad State University with a degree in Philology and Spanish in 1986, Lyudmila Putina found work with Kaliningrad branch of Aeroflot as a flight attendant. She was an industrious lady and made a lot of money from the sandwiches she sold during flights.
Putina was already a married lady when she taught German at the Leningrad State University (Department of Philology) – a position that lasted from 1990 to 1994. A few years before her husband came into power as the Prime Minister of Russia, the philosophy lecturer worked with Telecominvest company as its representative in Moscow.
Her Role As The Russian First Lady
With her husband coming into power, Lyudmila Putina thus became the First Lady of Russia. However, unlike the western world where first ladies enjoy enormous publicity, Russia is a different ball game. Russian first ladies do not actively court the spotlight but are expected to remain in their husband’s shadows.
Thus, Lyudmila Putina maintained a low profile as demanded by the county’s political stage. She generally avoided the limelight except in rare situations when protocol demands that she puts in an appearance. Her public role was restricted to just making supportive statements about her spouse.
In fact, many Russians even prefer that the president be a single father. Despite this conservative mindset, Vladimir Putin’s wife still managed to record some achievements; she even made several public appearances with her husband for which she shared photos on Instagram.
The Part She Played In Spelling Controversy
Putina became the curator of a fund that was channelled towards the development of the Russian language and occasionally produced statements pertaining to the language and education. In the course of discharging her duty, Putina spoke publicly against orthographic reform due to her preference for maintaining and preserving the country’s language.
A commission was sponsored by the Russian Academy of Science and charged with the responsibility to study the orthography of the Russian language and in the end, propose needed changes. After working for eight years, the commission in 2002 announced their recommendations which were subsequently rejected by the first lady who maintained her position that orthographic reform wasn’t only unnecessary but untimely, citing the country’s burgeoning economy among her reasons.
Lyudmila Putina Is A Wealthy Woman
Lyudmila Putina’s net worth is still under review and not yet available. However credible reports suggest that she is a very wealthy lady. Putina is the owner of a company known as Interservis which is, in turn, the owner of a company known as Meridian.
Meridian controls a historic Moscow property known as Volkonsky House. The property houses several companies (including banks) and generates more than $3 million in rent annually. Additionally, Putina owns a villa in southern France worth $7.46 million. Therefore, there is no doubt that she is a very rich lady. Besides, her divorce settlement will likely be huge, but it cannot be quantified since it was never made public.
She Got To Know Vladimir Putin Through A Mutual Friend
Lyudmila Putina first met Vladimir Putin during the early 1980s in Leningrad (now St Petersburg). They got to know each other through a mutual friend and later commenced a relationship. The couple dated for three years and tied the knot on the 28th of July, 1983. Her husband worked as a spy for the KGB at the time and the family spent several years in the German town of Dresden as a result of his job.
Putina and her family eventually moved back to Russia and her husband quit the KGB for politics in 1996. He became the president of Russia in 2000 and remained in that position until 2008. Vladimir Putin was again re-elected as president in 2012 and has been in that position since then.
The Couple Share Two Daughters
Lyudmila Putina has two daughters with her former husband, Vladimir Putin. Their first daughter Mariya joined the family two years after they exchanged their vows, her birth took place on the 28th of April 1985 in Leningrad, Soviet Union. Barely one year later, their second daughter Yekaterina (Katja) announced her entrance on the 31st of August 1986 in Dresden, East Germany.
Both girls attended public schools until their father became president. They were subsequently home-schooled and had to attend university under false identities. Maria is now a medical researcher based in Moscow. She is married to Dutchman, Jorrit Faassen and they have a child together. Katerina is an accomplished acrobatic dancer. She was previously married to Russian billionaire Kirill Shamalov.
Lyudmila Putina’s Marriage To Putin Came To An End In 2013
Lyudmila Putina and her husband got divorced in 2013. The couple had attended a ballet production at the Kremlin on the 6th of June when they seized the opportunity to announce their divorce during the intermission. The announcement which was made on camera for the Russian news media brought an end to years of speculation about the couple’s relationship. The termination of their union was said to be based on a mutual decision, and Putina attributed it to her husband’s workaholic tendencies which meant they rarely saw each other.
She also disclosed that since their children were all grown up and living their own lives, there was no need to continue the marriage. In April 2014, the Kremlin confirmed that the couple’s divorce had been finalized. Since the divorce, Lyudmila Putina has kept a low profile with many reports suggesting that she sequestrated herself in a monastery.
Her divorce from Putin didn’t stop the former first lady from holding a certain degree of administrative power in the country’s government; the CDIC (Centre for the Development of Inter-personal Communications) is under her control and houses tenants like Sberbank, VTB Bank, Severstroygroup (a construction company), Burger King, and a sushi restaurant.
She Is Currently Married To A Man 21 Years Younger
In January 2016, reports surfaced that Lyudmila Putina has re-married. She is said to have exchanged marriage vows sometime in 2015 with Russian businessman Artur Ocheretny who heads one of the companies under the former first lady’s patronage. One interesting fact about Putina’s second husband is that he is 21 years younger than her.
Since the couple’s nuptials, their marriage has not been confirmed as marriage certificates are private in Russia. However, the former wife of Vladimir Putin is reported to have obtained a new passport in the name of her new husband, Independent said. Fact-checks which were conducted by Russian anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny confirmed that the name on the former first lady’s properties has been changed from Putina to Ocheretnaya. On his own part, Putin seems to have moved on with former gymnast, Alina Kabaeva with whom he is rumoured to have a third daughter, but this was never confirmed.