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Lyudmila Ocheretnaya biography: 13 things about Vladimir Putin’s ex-wife


Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Ocheretnaya (Людмила Александровна Очеретная) is a Russian linguist. She was born in Kaliningrad, Russia to Alexander Abramovich Shkrebnev (Александр Абрамович Шкребнев) and Yekaterina Tikhonovna Shkrebneva (Екатерина Тихоновна Шкребнева).

Ocheretnaya’s father worked at a mechanical plant in Kaliningrad. Here are 13 more things about her:


  1. She worked as a flight attendant for Aeroflot‘s branch in Kaliningrad. The airline was founded on February 3, 1923.
  2. In 1980, she met Vladimir Putin met in Leningrad, which was renamed Saint Petersburg in 1992. They got married on July 28, 1983. She is 5 years younger than him.
  3. On April 28, 1985, she gave birth to her daughter Maria Vorontsova in St. Petersburg.
  4. On August 31, 1986, she gave birth to Katerina Tikhonova in Dresden, Saxony, Germany. In 1986, she graduated from the branch of Spanish language and philology of the Department of Philology of Leningrad State University in St. Petersburg, which was renamed St. Petersburg State University in 1992. Her undergraduate thesis was titled “Participles in the Spanish Language.”
  5. From 1990 to 1994, she taught German at Leningrad State University’s Department of Philology.
  6. In 1997, she, Putin and their two daughters spent vacations in Davos, Switzerland with the family of Russian dentist and businessman Nikolai Shamalov. Putin and Shamalov are founding members of the dacha cooperative Ozero.
  7. From 1998 to 1999, she was the only employee of Telecominvest‘s office in Moscow Russia. Her husband became Russia’s acting president on December 31, 1999, elected as the president on May 7, 2000, reelected on March 14, 2004 and became the country’s prime minister from May 8, 2008 to May 7, 2012.
  8. In 2002, she was a laureate of the Jacob Grimm Prize in Germany, a laureate of the Rukhaniyat prize of the International Association for the Rebirth of Spirituality in Kyrgyzstan and a laureate of the Komsomolskaya Pravda‘s Persons of the Year contest in the Educator of the Year category in Russia.
  9. In 2005, she received a Golden Warrior medal in Kazakhstan and became an honorary professor of the L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
  10. In 2007, she was recognized as an honorary citizen of Kaliningrad.
  11. She was 54 years old when Putin became the president of Russia again on May 7, 2012.
  12. Her role as the First Lady of Russia ended on June 6, 2013 when she and Putin publicly announced the termination of their marriage based on a mutual decision at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
  13. She owns Intererservis, which is based in Moscow and incorporated in 2015. Her sister Olga Alexandrovna Tsomayeva is a former general director of the company. Also in 2015, she married Artur Sergeevich Ocheretny (Артур Сергеевич Очеретный).

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