’s ex-wife Lyudmila has married a man 21 years her junior, according to
reports in Moscow. The 58-year-old former Russian first lady appears on
official records to have changed her name as if she is now the spouse of
a known friend, dashing businessman Arthur Ocheretny, 37.
Ocheretny is reported as heading the Centre For Interpersonal
Communications and Literature Education publishing house in Moscow. His
previous job was at a company called Art Show Centre, which organised
parties for United Russia - Putin’s political party - and energy giant
Had she wed Ocheretny, this would be her married name. However, marriage
records are not open to public scrutiny in Russia. Yet the pair have not
been pictured together but they appear to be ’friends’ on social media.
The former first lady ’has been supporting Centre for development of
interpersonal communication (CRMK) which is headed by 37-year-old Artur
Ocheretny. Little is known of Ocheretny but he has a son aged around ten
years old. On social media he ’likes’ pro-Putin stories and last summer
appeared to enjoy a holiday near Biarritz in France.
In 2014, Putin told Russians he would not contemplate remarrying until
Lyudmila was happily betrothed. ’First I have to see my ex-wife Lyudmila
Alexandrovna married, and only then think about myself,’ he told a
televised question and answer session when asked about how long Russia
would have to wait for a new first lady.
’’What do you mean?’, I asked him. ’I mean, do you love someone?’
’’And does someone love you?’ I said: ’Well, yes.’
’I wonder if he thought if I gone wild. So then he said ’Oh well thank
God for that’ - and downed a shot of vodka.
’So everything is all right, don’t you worry.’ said Putin.
There was speculation his anonymous friend from Europe was Silvio
Berlusconi but this was never confirmed.
来自欧洲的匿名朋友是 Silvio Berlusconi，但这并未
At the time, Putin stressed that he is ’kind relations’ with former wife
Lyudmila. ’We regularly see each other. Needless to say about children,
this goes without saying. Not that I see them as often as I would like
to, but everything is all right,’ he said.