Vladimir Putin on Thursday admitted he is in love, fuelling rumours over a relationship with Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva.
Denying he had 'completely gone wild' in his romantic life, the divorced strongman revealed that he 'loves' and is loved in return, but refused to disclose the identity of his mystery partner.
If true, it could mean that Russia's 'most eligible man' is no longer available.
There are rumours that Putin already has a secret family with Miss Kabayeva, now 31, pictured
'I say: "In what sense?" "Do you love anyone?" I say, "yes".
"And does anyone love you?" I say, "yes". He must have decided that I had completely gone wild.
'"Thank God", he said, before downing the vodka. Everything is fine. Do not worry.'
Until now, the Kremlin has refused to discuss his private life, nor rumours that he already has a secret second family.
Preparations: Ms Donggui, in handcuffs and ankle shackles, neatly folds her red clothes onto the mattress she'll sleep on before she's shot in the morning
Her last meal: Ms Donggui picks up a bowl of green bean soup on a red stool, that also has McDonalds fries, a burger and ice cream on
Passing time: Ms Xiuling and Ma Qingxiu, both sentenced to die, play cards with other inmates not on death-row as guards look on. The group appear relaxed and upbeat
A painful walk: At 7am in the morning, the convicts are walked into the execution ground to face their death as the guards watch them
Paraded as an example: Ms Xiuling is at the front of the line as 16 other convicts are walked in front of members of the public to the execution ground
Hurt: Minutes before she is shot in the back of the head, Ms Xiuling breaks down in tears. She was the only one of the prisoners to cry on the morning of the execution
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