The strongman has actually been seen smiling in her presence.
That picture totally says Oligarch’s girlfriend on the side. According to the Daily Telegraph, Russian president Vladimir Putin is going to A) step down in May (we’ll believe it when we see it), and B) marry a 24-year old gymnast in June. The gymnast (a Rhythmic Gymnast, at that) is named Alina Kabaeva and looks like a great Bond girl complement to his Bond Villain.
One hitch in this sitch (don’t worry, we’ll punch ourselves) is that Putin is still married and hasn’t announced a separation (though the timing wasn’t much different in Nicolas Sarkozy’s case). Kabaeva is know for her (and we swear to God we’re not making this up) extreme flexibility and competed in 2 Olympics. At the ripe old age of 24 she is set to leave the gymnastics game and embark on a career of modeling and actress-ing. Though Putin’s reputation as a ruthless KGB-man and politician does proceed him, we’re willing to bet that looked him in the eyes and knew the measure of his soul.
Putin will stay on as the chairman of the ruling party, allowing him to retain some control of the country. If any of this is true, we wish them bonne chance and vacationing with Le Chiffre, Goldfinger, Pussy Galore, and Dr. Evil.