“This is the case,” he said. “All my activity is to do with publicity, absolute publicity, and some people like this, and other do not. But there are some people who are absolutely incompatible with this ... Lyudmila Alexandrovna has stood by this post for eight or nine years - so it's a mutual decision.”
Lyudmila confirmed Putin’s words, adding: “Our marriage is over due to the fact that we no longer see each other.”
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She also said she did not enjoy publicity or flying on planes.