…By Joseph Benjamin for TDPel Media.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly planning to give a diamond-studded crown to his alleged mistress, Olympic gold medalist Alina Kabaeva, on her 40th birthday next week.
Kabaeva, known as Russia’s most flexible woman, has been linked to Putin since 2008, and is rumoured to have given birth to at least two of Putin’s children.
The General SVR Telegram channel, which claims to be run by a Kremlin insider, reported that Putin will give Kabaeva a “diadem of gold and platinum” with 40 large diamonds, including a “ten-carat black diamond”.
Despite Russia’s economic woes, Putin is allegedly still willing to spend lavishly on Kabaeva.
Russian media reports have suggested that the pair live together in several luxurious residences, including a clifftop palace in Gelendzhik worth £1bn and a forest retreat in Valdai.
Putin has never admitted to his relationship with Kabaeva, who has also been seen wearing a wedding ring.
Putin has previously insisted that he has a private life in which he does not permit interference.
Kabaeva has also been linked to rumours of launching a political career of her own.
Analysis and Commentaries
The alleged relationship between Putin and Kabaeva has been a source of speculation for years, with neither party confirming or denying the rumours.
This latest report, however, suggests that the relationship is ongoing and that Putin is willing to spend large amounts of money on Kabaeva.
The timing of this news is also noteworthy, given Putin’s recent announcement that he will be running for re-election in 2024.
The revelation of a potentially scandalous relationship could potentially damage Putin’s reputation, although he has weathered similar scandals in the past. Overall, this news offers a glimpse into the personal life of one of the world’s most powerful leaders, and raises questions about the nature of power and its influence on personal relationships.