Posts Tagged ‘Alina Kabayeva’

Putin responds to marriage rumors, Russian newspaper apologies for fabricating story

April 18, 2008

Guess the wedding rumors aren’t true.

The Russian tabloid (now officially labeled “tabloid”) Moscow Correspondent officially apologized for publishing a story that outgoing Russian President Vladimir Putin was getting set to marry 2004 Rhythmic Gymnastics champion Alina Kabayeva.

This according to a report published in The Times of India this morning.

The tabloid accepted that it cannot substantiate its own report on Putin’s “wedding with a famous gymnast” and apologised for the “moral pain” inflicted to the persons concerned.

The International Herald Tribune also carried an article with quotes from Putin himself.

“There is not a single word of truth” to the report carried by a Moscow tabloid, Putin said at a news conference with incoming Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi.

But he did not stop there. Putin, who has seemed to enjoy playing up the image of a ladies’ man and who clearly relished the question from the Kremlin pool reporter, went on to say that he likes all Russian women.

“In other publications of the same type, the names of other successful, beautiful young women from Russia are mentioned,” he said. “I think it won’t be unexpected if I say that I like them all — just as I like all Russian women.”

(Little) more on Putin and Kabayeva

April 16, 2008

Since the Moscow Correspondent (and International Gymnast Magazine) broke the story yesterday that Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to marry 2004 Olympic Rhythmic gymnastics champion Alina Kabayeva, a couple other obscure publications, including the London publication Earthtimes, and The Daily Telegraph (finally, a reputable newspaper) have picked up the story.

The Telegraph refers to it as a “rumor.”

See here and here and here for more.

Alina Kabayeva engaged – to Vladimir Putin?!

April 15, 2008

Russian rhythmic Olympic champion Alina Kabayeva has posed for Russian playboy. Lucky Vlad!

Nope, not a joke. Well, maybe it is a joke. Could it be a joke?

From the Department of Things That Make You Go Hmmm: International Gymnast Magazine, whose website seemed to be down for a few hours this afternoon, has posted a newsflash that Russian rhythmic superstar Alina Kabayeva is going to marry soon-to-be former Russian President Vladimir Putin, 55.

Putin divorced his wife two months ago. The couple is reportedly planning a June wedding. Putin’s second term in office expires in May.

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Khorkina the politician

December 30, 2007

Two-type Olympic bars champion Svetlana Khorkina and Olympic rhythmic gymnastics champion Alina Kabayeva have traded acrobatics for politics, The Times of London reported today.

VLADIMIR PUTIN has resorted to an age-old trick to capture the voters’ imagination: sexing up the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, with an array of glamorous new female recruits.

Ahead of this month’s rigged parliamentary elections, Putin was reported to have complained that there were not enough beautiful women in his United Russia party. The error was soon corrected with a platform of stunning ladies, including four former athletes who have starred in topless photoshoots and Svetlana Zakharova, the elegant principal ballerina of the Bolshoi.

Those four include both Khorkina, now 28, who posed for Russian Playboy after winning the world all-around title in 1997, and Kabayeva, 24, who apparently appeared somewhere “seminaked in a fur rug.”

Even among a bevy of sexy women, Khorkina gets top-dog status.

Top debutante among the new Duma intake (already being described as “Putin’s babes”) is Svetlana Khorkina, 28, a leggy blonde who was a seven-time Olympic medal-winning gymnast. She caused a scandal when she appeared nude in Playboy magazine with her unashamed “If you’ve got it, flaunt it” approach.

“I changed people’s attitudes,” she said. “It’s very good to be sexy.”

Some things never change.

The influx of athletes to provide a little star power in politics is not a new concept. How many professional football players have been elected to the U.S. House or Senate during the past 30 years?

Even Nadia Comaneci was reported to have been offered a position in the Romanian parliament earlier this year. Guess she chose to do Celebrity Apprentice instead.