The couple announced on state television that they had separated and their marriage was over after 30 years.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, have announced their divorce after 30 years of marriage.
The Putins made the statement on state television after attending a ballet performance at the Kremlin.
“It was our joint decision,” 60-year-old Putin said.
The Putins married on July 28, 1983 and have two daughters, Maria, 27, and Yekaterina, 26.
Putin appeared reserved and 55-year-old Lyudmila smiled tentatively during the televised announcement of their divorce.
Asked on Rossiya- 24 television about longstanding rumours that they no longer lived together, Putin said: “That is true…We practically never saw each other. To each his own life.”
Lyudmila Putin said: “Our marriage is over due to the fact that we barely see each other.”
Asked whether they were divorced , Lyudmila Putin said it was a “civilised divorce”, but neither clarified whether they were legally divorced and Putin ‘s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said he did not know.