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Lyudmila Putin Mystery And A Russian Spy Affair

04/24/2012 07:18 PM ET

The mystery involving Lyudmila Putina, the soon to be First Lady of Russia, is becoming more evident on exactly who and where she is. As her husband Vladimir prepares to once more take up his nation’s Presidency, speculation is mounting on rumors of a spy affair and as to why she is never seen by his side. Some say spy-turned-lingerie model Anna Chapman is the reason the former Aeroflot-hostess is now rarely seen out in public.

Locals say they have ‘proof’ that the 54-year-old has been ‘locked away’ in a huge million-dollar state-build guest house in the grounds of the ancient Yelizarov monastery outside Pskov - close to Estonia’s border.

All official enquiries to the authorities are met with a steely silence.

A final hunch is Lyudmila became angry when, in 2008, he stepped down from the top job but then took up the post of Prime Minister.

She is rumoured to have moved back to his native St Petersburg while he remained in the capital Moscow.

Putin, 59, will be inaugurated on May 7, then fly to the U.S. on May 18 for the annual G8 summit of world leaders. It is unlikely Lyudmila will be with him, as in the last two years they have been seen together just twice. Previously, they were often pictured together on diplomatic trips abroad - Lyudmila seen posing with Tony Blair’s wife Cherie and George W Bush’s First Lady Laura.

Although being undeniably tough on his marriage, speculation that former KGB agent Putin is ‘seeing’ flame-haired beauty Chapman will certainly do no harm to his image.

Arrested in the U.S. in 2010 for espionage, the pin-up sexy spy was soon catapulted into the limelight as her pictures were splashed around the world.

Her intelligence career came to an abrupt end when, along with her nine colleagues, she was arrested in New York City an FBI counter-intelligence swoop.

But, the daughter of a senior KGB agent, has become a celebrity in Russia since her dramatic Cold War-style prisoner swap deportation back to her home country in July 2010.

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