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Siberian Pensioner Offers to Marry Putin's Ex-Wife

Published: April 19, 2014 (Issue # 1806)



  • Kopek millionaire Yury Babin wants to wed President Vladimir Putin's ex-wife.
    Photo: Roman Barnikov / Youtube

A pensioner from the Siberian city of Novosibirsk who gained notoriety as the "kopek millionaire" has expressed his desire to wed President Vladimir Putin's ex-wife.

Putin said Thursday during his annual televised call-in show that he would not remarry until his former wife, Lyudmila Putina, found a new husband.

Putin and his wife announced their plans to get divorced last June after 30 years of marriage.

"I have been single since 2008 and I want to offer hand and heart to Lyudmila Alexandrovna Putina," smitten pensioner Yury Babin told RIA Novosti on Friday. "I thought about this two months ago, but yesterday Vladimir Vladimirovich prompted me once again."

"I hope that my dreams are realized," said Babin, adding that he hoped Lyudmila would learn of his intentions via the media.

Babin earned the moniker "kopek millionaire" in December 2012 after he collected 7.5 tons of kopeks, valued at 19.9 million rubles, which amounts to little more than $500,000.

He also offered space in his cottage to U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who was granted asylum in Russia last year and who also posed Putin a question during Thursday's live Q&A session.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russia’s most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkin’s, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontov’s short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library System’s website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Club’s weekly meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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