Also famous as Lyudmila Putina, Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya is famous as the former wife of the current president of Russia, Vladimir Putin. More than that, she became known for her role as the former first Lady of Russia while she was still with Putin. The two were married in 1983 and they remained together until 2014 when she divorced him and got married the very next year.

Although she has continued to maintain a private life since her marriage to the Russian dictator has come to an end, there are still many facts to know about her.


Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya
Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya, Putin, and their daughter (Image Source)

1. The Early Life of Lyudmila

The former Russian first ladt was born Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya on January 15, 1958 in Kaliningrad, Russia. She was birthed to a father, Alexander Shkrebnev, who worked at a Medical Plant, while her mother was Yekaterina Tikhonovna Shkrebneva.  As regards her education, she attened Leningrad State University from where she obtained a degree in Philology.

2. She Once Worked As A Flight Attendant

Afetr her education, the woman who grew into becoming the wife of the Russian President took a Job with Aeroft as a flight attendant. This happened when she was still very young.

3. She Met Putin Through A Mutual Friend

The love path between Lyudmila and Vladimir was first carved after they met when a mutual friend invited Putin to see a play in Leningard which is now St Petersburg. Then working as a KGB spy, Putin was miantianing a low profile life but that did not stop him from falling in love with the beautiful Lyuda.

Putin decided to marry her because he was scared if he let her go, he might never get married. They tied the knot on 28 July 1983.

4. Their Marriage Produced Two Daughters

Lyudmila Putina became the mother of Putin’s children after their union was blessed with its first child, Mariya Vladimirovna Putina on 28 April 1985 and then Yekaterina Vladimirovna Putina who was born on 31 August 1986.

While Putin’s first daughter works as a pediatric endocrinologist, his second daughter is a scientist.

5. Putin’s Former Wife Had A Career Of Her Own

Although she became known as the wife of Vladimir, she took some jobs in the past, She was once a lecturer at the Leningard State University where she was with the Department of Philology. She also worked as a representative of Telecominvest for a year.

6. Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya Divorced Vladimir Putin


After spending more than 3 decades together, the marriage between Lyudmila and Putin came to an end in 2014 when they officially divorced. Before then, they were known to have been separated for a long time, but because Putin had always maintain a very private life, not much was known about the separation.

What was known, however, was that for a long while, they hardly appeared in public together and even when they did, they hardly had any physical contact. More so, whenever she was with him, she had the looks of being uncomfortable.

Accoridng to the former Russian first lady, her marriage to the dictator came to an end because he was submerged in his work and they had grown apart. It is also believed that being a private person, she did not like the publicity that being the wige of the President of Russia had thrusted on her.

There were rumors of affairs against Putin, but according to his former wife, many years before the divorce, she neither drank nor beat her. She described him at the time as the right man for her.

7. Lyudmila Putina Is Fond Of Astrology

It was once revealed that Lyumila had a strong fondness for astrology and she always spoke about it. Putin, on the other hand, did not share in this passion and he was said to easily hush her whenseher she started talking about zodiac signs.

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8. Lyudmila Shkrebneva Has Since Married Another Man

Only a year after her marriage to Putin ended, Lyudmila walked down the aisle a second time to Russian Enterpreneur, Artur Ocheretny. He works with the Center for the Development of Interpersonal Communications as the director of the nonprofit organization.

Putin’s ex-wife and Artur got married in 2015 even though he is more than 20 years younger than her. The still maintain their closeness years later.

9. Putin Has Since Allgedly Moved On With Alina Kabaeva

For many years, it was rumored that Vladimir Putin was in a relationship wuth Russian Politician and Gymnast, Alina Kabaeva who was born in 1983. Following his civilised divorce from his former wife, it was alleged that he moved on with Alina. According to reports, they have 3 children together, a daughter who was born in 2015 and twin sons who wee birthed in 2019.

10. She Has Won Many Awards

As the former wife of Russia’s president, she has won many awards including the following:

  • Germany – Laureate of the Jacob Grimm Prize (2002)
  • Russia – Laureate of the “Persons of the Year 2002”
  • Kazakhstan – Honorary Professor of the Eurasian National University named after Gumilev (2005)
  • Kazakhstan – Golden Warrior medal (2005)
  • Russia – Honorary Citizen of Kaliningrad (2007)
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