Lyudmila and Vladimir Putin were married in 1983 and lived in East Germany with their two daughters before moving Leningrad, now known as St. Petersburg. In 1995, the Putins got an apartment in St. Petersburg while he was deputy chairman of the city government. It was originally registered to them and their daughters. Sobesednik found that the apartment was subsequently transferred to the president’s mother-in-law and then Lyudmila’s sister.
Then, on Sept. 24, the apartment was evidently sold to someone named Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya—with the same patronymic, birthdate, and place of birth as Russia’s former first lady. The Sobesednik report went viral after being confirmed by an anti-corruption activist Monday.
The notoriously private Putins have yet to comment on the new information about apartment re-registration, but the Russian president hasn’t been moping the end of his marriage. In August, Russian websites named a knockout boxer as his possible new girlfriend.
Just like his ex-wife, he has a taste in younger matches: Putin’s girlfriend is also 20 years his junior.