An Olympic gold medal-winning rhythmic gymnast who has long been rumored to have given birth to twins with Russian President Vladimir Putin has disappeared from the public eye.
The Sun reported that 37 year-old Alina Kabaeva has long been rumored to have given birth to twin boys at a clinic in Moscow in April of 2019. She has not been seen since 2018, when she would have been two months pregnant, and fears are growing that she has disappeared.
Kabaeva is a former MP in President Putin’s United Russia party, and rumors of her romance with Putin, 68, first swirled back in 2008. She is head of the National Media Group, which won an exclusive contract to beam Netflix content.
“Putin is an intensely private man – he has been hiding his two adult daughters under fake IDs for years,” said a source in Moscow. “Even now, though he talks about them occasionally, he never names them. If Alina gave birth to his children, her hiding away might be one of the strongest hints pointing to this. He is obsessive about the security of his family.”
Putin, who is the father of two adult daughters with ex-wife Lyudmila Shkrebneva, has long denied that he has a relationship with Kabaeva.
The New York Post reported that Kabaeva won two Olympic medals, 14 World Championship medals and 25 European Championship medals. She also once posed semi-nude in a magazine.
During her heyday in the 2000s, Kabaeva was one of a successful trio of Russian gymnasts, along with Lyasan Utiasheva and Irina Chashchina. The three were incredibly close, but Kabaeva has cut ties with them in the wake of vanishing from the public eye, Utiasheva told Infox.ru.
However, Utiasheva said that to this day, every time she visits her mother’s grave, there are flowers and a card that reads “With love from Alina.” She explained that she knows the flowers are from Kabaeva because she does not know anyone else named Alina.
Utiasheva went on to say that she has no anger at Kabaeva for cutting ties with her.
“If a person decides to lead a life that is closed from the eyes of society, this choice must be respected,” she said.
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