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Russian president Vladimir Putin is allegedly dating Wendi Deng.

According to a report in Us Weekly, the 47-year-old businesswoman and Putin are serious about their relationship. However, no more details have been revealed of their rumoured closeness.

Deng was married to News Corp chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch for 14 years before it ended in 2013. Putin split from Lyudmila Putina, his wife of 30 years, in 2014. The estranged couple have two daughters Maria and Yekaterina.

In December 2015, Putin had praised his daughters during an annual news conference. He said: "They studied only at Russian universities. I am proud of them. They continue to study and work. My daughters speak three European languages fluently. One of them can even speak one or two Oriental languages. They are making their first steps and are successful."

"I never discuss questions related to my family. They are not involved in business or politics. They are not pushing for this," he added.

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