- Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya was married to the president of Russia Vladimir Putin for roughly 30 years: they got married in 1983 and finalized their divorce in 2014.
- The 66 years old mother of two worked as a flight attendant for the Russian airline Aeroflot in the 80s and is a polyglot fluent in French, German, and Spanish.
- Lyudmila has been evasive of the limelight since her marriage to Putin packed up but she remarried Artur Ocheretny who is 21 years younger than her in early 2015.
The unofficial position of the First Lady of Russia has remained vacant since Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya and Russian president Vladimir Putin announced their divorce in 2013. Mostly known as the ex-wife of Putin, Lyudmila is a linguist who has worked as a flight attendant and taught German at her alma mater, Leningrad State University.
If one must believe everything that has been reported about Putin’s former wife, she never liked being the first lady of Russia as she’s a private person and the position often dragged her into the limelight. A few years after her divorce, the former first lady of Russia found love again.
She reportedly tied the knot with a businessman who is 21 years younger than her. For some reasons, some people are disappointed by this while others have applauded her decision to move on.
66 Years Old Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya Was Born in Kaliningrad, Soviet Union
Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya was born on January 6, 1958, in Kaliningrad, the Soviet Union. Reports have it that she was born to Alexandra Abramovich Shkrebnev and Yekaterina Tikhonovna Shkrebneva.
Much is yet to be learned about her early life and family background but it is said that she is a graduate of philosophy from Leningrad State University.
Lyudmila had a career as a flight attendant, working for the Kaliningrad branch of Aeroflot. She was also a lecturer at the department of philology at Leningrad State University and once worked at a machinery plant.
Lyudmila and Putin got married in 1983. However, the couple separated following his extreme dedication to his office and little time for family affairs.
She Divorced Russian President Vladimir Putin after 30 Years of Marriage
Vladimir Putin first met Lyudmila when she was working as a flight attendant with the Kaliningrad branch of Aeroflot, he was a KGB officer at that time. They started as friends, the friendship morphed into a romantic relationship and they eventually got married in July 1983.
Howbeit, after living together for almost three decades and birthing two daughters, the couple announced their separation in 2013 and officially divorced in 2014. Lyudmila disclosed that the divorce was a joint decision. Based on what she shared, they parted ways because Putin was more committed to politics while neglecting his responsibilities as a husband and father.
Before the announcement of their divorce in a joint TV appearance, the former first lady was last seen with Putin in his inauguration as president of Russia, this was in May 2012. It has been claimed in some quarters that she prefers living a private life and couldn’t handle the publicity that came with being the first lady of Russia.
Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya Is a Mother of Two
Before Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya made their divorce official, they were said to be having a troubled marriage created by several issues that range from negligence to infidelity. He was rumored to be in a romantic relationship with former gymnast Alina Kabaeva in 2008.
As claimed, Putin had plans to put Lyudmila aside for Kabaeva. Though the Russian president dismissed this claim, it persists, especially as Alina has been seen a few times wearing a wedding ring. While the marriage between Lyudmila and Putin is long over, they remain a part of each other’s life; thanks to the kids they had together.
The former couple had two daughters together. Maria “Mariya” Vladimirovna Putina is their first daughter and she was born on April 28, 1985. She is a pediatric endocrinologist and is married to a Dutch businessman, Jorrit Faassen, who occupies the position of adviser in genetic engineering in the Russian government.
Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya’s second daughter is Katerina Tikhonova, born on August 31, 1986. She is a scientist, head of artificial intelligence at Moscow State University, and former acrobatic dancer. She got married to a Russian dentist and businessman named Krill Shamalov a year before her parents’ marriage ended. Sadly, her marriage came crashing in 2018.
Vladimir Putin’s Ex-wife Remarried an Entrepreneur Who Is 21 Years Younger than Her
While many thought the 66 years old had given up on love, Artur Ocheretny came along with roses and promised a happy ending in 2015 when the duo exchanged vows. Though the details of their marriage aren’t known, the former first lady changed her last name to his.
A lot of attention has been drawn towards him since then not only because he married Putin’s ex-wife but also because he’s 21 years younger than Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya.
Artur Ocheretny is a businessman and chairman of the Center for the Development of Inter-personal Communication (CDIC). The 45 years old once worked as a member of Putin’s political party.
Where Is Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya Now?
When Lyudmila and Vladimir Putin announced their separation in 2013, rumors had it that she had joined an orthodox convent to seek peace. However, her marriage to Artur Ocheretny has drawn questions concerning her whereabouts.
It is believed that Lyudmila and her current husband are living in France at the moment. Reports suggest they are living in a posh villa on the coast of the Atlantic ocean.