The well-known Russian gymnast and former MP Alina Kabaeva has given birth to twins, Dom2Life.ru reports. The birth took place at the Kulakov Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology in Moscow.
According to the news outlet, Kabaeva was placed in the VIP ward, and all other patients on the fourth floor were temporarily relocated to other wards. Numerous bodyguards were present to ensure that she was not disturbed.
“Food for the famous birthing mother was brought in from local elite restaurants. How many days Kabaeva spent in the obstetrics center is not known for certain,” the outlet notes. The best professionals were reportedly summoned to assist with the birth.
The names and weights of the twins are not known. This information is being kept strictly secret.
Alina Kabaeva turned 36 on 12 May.
In March 2015, the TV company RSI published the sensational story that Kabaeva had supposedly given birth to a son in Switzerland. Citing its own sources, the channel reported that two wards of the Clinica Sant’Anna in the Swiss city of Sorengo had been reserved: one for the future mother, and another for her bodyguards.
The German-language Swiss tabloid Blick was the first to report the birth. According to the article, the clinic may have been recommended to Kabaeva by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose daughter Barbara was born in that same clinic in 2009.
Alina Kabaeva won a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics and a gold in 2004. She has been world champion twice, European champion five times, and Russian champion on six occasions. She served in Russia’s parliament, the State Duma, between 2007 and 2014 in the United Russia party.
In 2009, a number of media outlets reported that Kabaeva had had a child with President Vladimir Putin, which they named Dmitry in honor of current Prime Minister and former President Dmitry Medvedev.
On 6 June 2013, Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila announced their intention to file for divorce. The New York Post reported with reference to an anonymous source that in November 2013, Kabaeva bore Putin a second child, this time a daughter. Putin reportedly visited his 29 year-old mistress and their children at the Bocharov Ruchey presidential residence in Sochi.