5 Things You Didn't Know About Vladimir Putin's Personal Life

PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin fishing in the Tyva region of Russia, July 20, 2013, during his vacation.
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Calling all the single ladies!

The Kremlin confirmed today that the divorce of Russian President Vladimir Putin from his wife of 30 years, Lyudmila, has been finalized.

PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Putina attend a service at Blagoveshchensky (the Annunciation) cathedral in Moscows Kremlin, May 7, 2012.
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PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Putina attend a service at Blagoveshchensky (the Annunciation) cathedral in Moscow's Kremlin, May 7, 2012.

From riding horseback shirtless to tranquilizing tigers, the Russian president has cultivated his tough guy image, however he's managed to keep his personal life largely under wraps.

Here are five things you may not know about Putin.

PHOTO: Then Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rides a horse during his vacation outside the town of Kyzyl, Siberia, August 3, 2009.
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PHOTO: Then Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rides a horse during his vacation outside the town of Kyzyl, Siberia, August 3, 2009.

How He Met His Ex

Putin and his ex-wife, Lyudmila Shkrebneva, who worked as a flight attendant, met through a mutual friend when she stopped off in Leningrad for a few days.

"I was used to life as a bachelor, but Lyudmila changed that," Putin said, according to his biography.

The couple married on July 28, 1983. They announced their separation last year.

PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to pilot a motorized hang glider while looking at a crane as he takes part in a scientific experiment as part of the Flight of Hope, which aims to preserve a rare species of cranes, Sept. 5, 2012.
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PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin prepares to pilot a motorized hang glider while looking at a crane as he takes part in a scientific experiment as part of the "Flight of Hope," which aims to preserve a rare species of cranes, Sept. 5, 2012.

He's A Father

The two people who can apparently turn the former KGB agent into a big softy are his daughters, Maria, who was born in 1985, and Katerina, who was born in 1986.

Just like George W. Bush's daughters, Barbara and Jenna, the girls were named in honor of their grandmothers.

Putin's ex-wife, Lyudmila, described him as a loving father, according to his biography.

"He has always spoiled them, while I was the one who had to discipline them," she said.

PHOTO: Russias Prime Minister Vladimir Putin takes part in a judo training session at the Moscow sports complex in St. Petersburg, Dec. 22, 2010.
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PHOTO: Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin takes part in a judo training session at the Moscow sports complex in St. Petersburg, Dec. 22, 2010.

He's Been Linked to A Former Olympic Gymnast

The Russian tabloids have linked Putin to former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabayeva since 2008, however both have denied the relationship according to reports from the past several years.

Kabayeva, known for her incredible flexibility, was one of the final torch bearers at the Sochi winter games -- Putin's pet project -- earlier this year.

PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin submerges on board Sea Explorer 5 bathyscaphe near the isle of Gogland in the Gulf of Finland, July 15, 2013, visiting Oleg frigate which sink in 1869.
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PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin submerges on board Sea Explorer 5 bathyscaphe near the isle of Gogland in the Gulf of Finland, July 15, 2013, visiting Oleg frigate which sink in 1869.

Ordinary Upbringing

Putin, 61, had a normal upbringing in the Soviet Union, according to the English language version of his Kremlin biography.

"I come from an ordinary family, and this is how I lived for a long time, nearly my whole life. I lived as an average, normal person and I have always maintained that connection," Putin said, according to his biography.

PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin carries a hunting rifle in the Republic of Tuva, Russia, Aug. 15, 2007.
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PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin carries a hunting rifle in the Republic of Tuva, Russia, Aug. 15, 2007.

He Had to Fight For His Mother's Approval

Putin, who is a judo enthusiast, literally had to fight for his mother's approval during his childhood.

"Every time I went to a practice session, she would grumble, 'He's off to his fights again,'" Putin recalled in his biography.

It apparently took the convincing of Putin's coach for his mother to support her son's sporting endeavor.

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