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Kremlin Denies Rumors About Putin Remarriage

The Kremlin has denied online rumors that President Vladimir Putin remarried in a church ceremony at a secluded monastery in central Russia.

A Twitter message that swept through social networks claimed that Putin, who divorced three months ago, tied the knot again on Saturday at the Iversky monastery in the Novgorod region while the area was cordoned off by security personnel.

In an interview aired by the Dozhd television on Sunday, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov called these rumors "Internet exercises on Saturday out of boredom."

Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, on June 6 announced on nationwide television that their marriage was over. The couple at that time attributed the split to the President's work, which consumed most of his time and required a very public lifestyle.

The announcement put an end to years of speculation about the strength of the Putins' marriage, fueled by the first lady's increasingly rare appearances in public over the past five years, says the RIA Novosti news agency.

Peskov said at that time there was no other woman in Putin's life, and that any other information was nothing more than "gossip, hearsay and assumptions."

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