Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman has denied claims that the head of the country has married a former Olympic gymnast.
Social media and Internet forums were flooded with claims that the recently divorced Putin had tied the knot with Alina Kabayeva in a secret ceremony.
According to Sky News, the rumours were sparked by Putin’s political rival Alexei Navalny, who tweeted: that Putin and Kabayeva have married at the Iver Monastery.
Spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the suggestions in a TV interview, calling the rumours ‘Internet exercises out of boredom’.
Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, had made a joint announcement revealing they were to separate in a TV appearance in June.
Both said the reason for their split was the time-consuming nature of the president's work.