April 3 - The Kremlin confirms that Russian President Vladimir Putin's divorce from his wife Lyudmila has been finalized. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
It's official. Vladimir Putin is single again. The Kremlin confirmed this week that his divorce from his wife of 30 years has been finalized. Putin confirmed the end of the marriage last June. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "Yes, it's true. All my activities, all my work is connected with publicity, with absolute publicity. Some people like it, some don't. But there are people who are absolutely incompatible with that. Lyudmila Alexandrovna has been on guard for the last 8 or 9 years already. So, that is a mutual decision." The announcement removes a big question mark about the private life of a president who has increasingly touted traditional values and championed the conservative Russian Orthodox Church as a moral authority.