• Gymnast Alina Kabaeva is hiding in Switzerland with her rumored children with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a report claims
  • Putin reportedly first met the athlete while he was still married to his first wife, Lyudmila Shkrebneva
  • The Russian president and Kabaeva are rumored to be parents to twin daughters and two sons

Russian President Vladimir Putin's rumored lover is allegedly hiding in Switzerland, a report has claimed.

Putin's alleged longtime partner, Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast Alina Kabaeva, is "somewhere in Switzerland" as the Russian president continues to carry out "his assault on Ukraine, attacking innocent citizens and causing a refugee crisis," the New York Post's Page Six reported, citing an unnamed source.

The source further alleged that Kabaeva and the couple's rumored children are holed up in a "very private and very secure chalet" — "for now, at least."

Kabaeva, 38, reportedly has four young children with the 69-year-old politician, but the two have never officially confirmed their rumored relationship.

The two allegedly share 7-year-old twin daughters, who were born near the Swiss city of Lugano in February 2015, as well as two young sons, the source claimed.

"Alina has two young boys and twin girls with Putin who were born in Switzerland," the source claimed. "The kids all have Swiss passports, and I imagine she does also."

Putin was still married to his first wife, former flight attendant Lyudmila Shkrebneva, when he first met Kabaeva, the New York Post reported, citing The Sunday Times.

The Uzbekistan-born gymnast was at the height of her athletic fame at the time following her bronze and gold medal wins at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 2004 Games in Athens, respectively.

Kabaeva's two Olympic wins, 14 World Championship medals and 21 European Championship medals have made her one of the most decorated gymnasts in rhythmic gymnastic history.

She was later recruited and ran under Putin's United Russia party before she was suspected of being Russia's rumored "secret first lady" in 2008.

The Moskovsky Korrespondent, a Russian tabloid, reported in the same year that Putin had divorced Shkrebneva and planned to marry Kabaeva. Citing "financial difficulties," the paper was forced to close shortly after it ran the story.

The Kremlin has denied any relationship between Putin and Kabaeva since then.

Kabaeva was later appointed to run the state-owned National Media Group in 2014 with a reported annual salary of $10 million. She has rarely been seen in public over the last few years despite her high-profile role.

The former athlete denied having any children in July 2013 amid reports that she had given birth to a daughter at the prestigious Clinica Sant'Anna hospital in Ticino, Switzerland.

She was also rumored to have given birth to twin sons at the Kulakov maternity clinic in Moscow in 2019.

Putin, for his part, has two daughters from his first marriage, Mariya, 36, and Katerina, 35. He rarely publicly speaks about them or his personal life in general.

"I have a private life in which I do not permit interference. It must be respected. I have always reacted negatively to those who with their snotty noses and erotic fantasies prowl into others’ lives," the Russian leader once said.

A man holds a caricature depicting Adolf Hitler and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in Kosovo on March 7
A man holds a caricature depicting Adolf Hitler and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in Kosovo on March 7 AFP / Armend NIMANI