Close on the heels of former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov’s alleged affair with a British aide, stories have appeared on Russian television channels on the private affairs of Vladimir Putin, the strong and popular leader.
Wendi Deng, a 47-year-old businesswoman from China, has been seen frolicking in the tropical waves of St Barts amid claims that she is in a ‘serious relationship’ with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
She showed off her impressive figure in a skimpy red bikini as she splashed about on the Caribbean coast with friends.
Deng has been enjoying a holiday on St Barts aboard the $400 million yacht of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who is a close friend of Putin.
According to a report, Deng and Putin, 63, were dating after speaking to an insider close to the Russian leader who said the relationship between the two had gotten ‘serious.’
Both Deng and Putin are divorced. Deng’s former husband was Rupert Murdoch and they split in 2013. Putin has divorced his wife Lyudmila Putina after 30 years of marital life.
Deng and her ex have two daughters,Grace, 14, and Chloe, 12, while Putin and his wife also have two daughters, Maria, 30, and Yekaterina, 29.
Putin was linked to Russian gymnast Alina Kabaeva after his split, and there have been claims that he fathered two children with her, but the Kremlin and Kabayeva have strongly denied these accusations