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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila have finalized their divorce . Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed for the  Russian media on Wednesday that the divorce had been completed. Putin had  announced the divorce at the Grand Kremlin Palace almost a year ago.

He had however continuously denied talks of loopholes in his marriage until when him –Putin and Lyudmila announced a joint decision to pursue a “civilized” divorce.

Vladimir Putin is the World's Most Powerful Bachelor

Vladimir Putin is the World’s Most Powerful Bachelor

The duo was married for 30 years and have two children together. They got married in 1983.

In 2008, Mr Putin denied rumours that he had secretly divorced and was planning to marry former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva.

Ms Kabayeva was among the final six torchbearers at the opening of Mr Putin’s showpiece Sochi Winter Olympics in February. Will she replace Lyudmila?