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Daughter of Putin falls in love with a Korean man

푸틴 막내딸, 한국에 시집 온다

Oct 29,2010
Photo of a young Katya from Putin’s autobiography. Recent photos aren’t available.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s youngest daughter will marry a Korean man whose father worked at the Korean Embassy in Moscow as an admiral in the late 1990s, a source said yesterday.

According to the source, the Korean ambassador to Japan, Kwon Chul-hyeon, had dinner with the former admiral, Yoon Jong-gu, and his wife at a resort in Japan in August. At the dinner, Yoon said that his youngest son would marry Putin’s youngest daughter soon.

After a few hours passed, the couple came to the resort and talked with Kwon and Yoon. The source said Putin’s daughter was accompanied by two Russian bodyguards.

According to the source, Yoon told Kwon about the couple over dinner. The details: the girl’s name is Ekaterina Vladimirovna Putina, 23, and she is now studying in the United States with her 25-year-old Korean fiance. At first, Putin was against the marriage but warmed up to the Korean after meeting him. Putin’s daughter wants to live and work in Korea after the wedding.

Yoon, 64, said in a phone interview with the JoongAng Ilbo, “The couple will make an official announcement about their marriage. Please do not report their marriage now.”

An official who worked at the Korean Embassy in Russia in 2007 said, “When I was working in Russia, the couple’s love story was a hot issue. Many Russian people expected that the diplomatic relationship between Korea and Russia would be improved thanks to the couple’s love.”

A Korean immigrant in Russia who lives in the building where the younger Yoon lived said, “The Korean guy lived alone, and we never saw him bring the Russian girl to his room.”

According to sources, the couple met in July 1997 at a dance party at an international school in Russia. After the admiral’s term in Russia ended and his son left Russia, the couple’s love continued and the Russian girl visited Korea during the World Cup in June 2002.


By Ahn Sung-gyu [heejin@joongang.co.kr]
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블라디미르 푸틴 러시아 총리가 한국인 사위를 맞는다. 푸틴 총리의 막내딸 에카테리나 블라디미로브나 푸티나(24·애칭 카탸)가 윤모(26)씨와 조만간 결혼할 예정인 것으로 28일 알려졌다. 카탸와 윤씨는 지난 8월 22일 당시 일본 홋카이도(北海道) 동북의 아바시리(網走)의 리조트에서 휴식을 취하던 윤씨의 아버지인 윤종구(65) 예비역 해군 제독 부부를 찾아와 인사하기도 했다. 이 과정을 잘 아는 한 지인은 “두 사람이 당시 윤 전 제독과 함께 있던 권철현 주일 한국 대사에게도 인사했으며 윤 전 제독이 결혼 사실을 확인해 준 것으로 알고 있다”고 말했다.


브라질에 체류 중인 윤종구 전 제독은 27일 본지와 통화에서 “조만간 결혼 발표를 할 것”이라며 “그때까지 보도를 자제해 달라”고 요청하기도 했다. 윤 전 제독은 1990년대 말 모스크바 대사관에서 무관으로 근무했으며 현재 재향군인회 국제협력실장으로 일하고 있다.

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