(MOSCOW) -- The divorce of Russian President Vladimir Putin from his wife of 30 years, Lyudmila, has been finalized, the Kremlin confirmed Wednesday.
Putin and Lyudmila Shkrebneva, who worked as a flight attendant, married on July 28, 1983. The pair met through a mutual friend when she stopped off in Leningrad for a few days.
"I was used to life as a bachelor, but Lyudmila changed that," Putin said, according to his biography.
The couple announced their separation last year.
Russian tabloids have linked Putin to former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva since 2008, however both have denied the relationship, according to reports from the past several years.
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