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Putin and Wife Announce They're Divorced

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila have announced their divorce after 30 years of marriage.

The Putins announced the split during a joint interview with (the Russia 24) state television after attending a ballet performance in the Kremlin Thursday evening.

They said it was a "joint decision."

Mrs. Putin said that she and the Russian president "practically never see each other" and each had their "own life," adding that she does not like publicity and has difficulty flying.

She said she and Mr. Putin love their children very much, are proud of them and see them constantly.

The couple married in 1983 and have two daughters.

The announcement confirms what had been rumored for years in various news sources that they were having marital problems.

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