When Vladimir Putin proposed to his first wife, he was so reluctant that she was sure he was trying to dump her instead.
Lyudmila Shkrebneva told the strange proposal in “First Person”. a biography from the year 2000 which includes interviews with many close to the Russian leader.
“You know what kind of person I am by now,” Putin told Shrebneva after they dated almost four years in 1983. “In general, I’m not easy. In three and a half years you will probably have made up your mind.”
At the time, Putin was working for the KGB, the Soviet Union’s feared secret police. His main task before he was sent to East Germany two years later was the surveillance of foreigners and consular officials in Leningrad.
To Shrebneva, “it sounded like we were breaking up.” When she told him she had made up her mind, “he let out a dubious ‘Yes?’ the end.”
In fact, Shrebneva admitted that she “didn’t think much of the poorly dressed man she met on a double date at a theater in the late 1970s.” But they stayed in touch after the notoriously reticent Putin gave her his phone number.
The couple had two daughters, Mariya and Yekaterina, before divorcing in a staged television interview in 2013.
The divorce was confirmed when her name was later removed from Putin’s official biography on the Kremlin’s website.
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