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Maury Povich, have I got one for you, sir!

Posted in Georgia, Maury Povich, mothers, Putin, Russia, scandal, World News by Curtis on 12/5/08

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Could this woman be Vladimir Putin’s mother? It turns out that surprisingly little is known about the childhood of the Russian president/prime minister/whatever he is this year.

From The Telegraph:

Vera Putina, 82, has claimed he is the child she gave away at the age of ten, giving an account of an unhappy childhood which is fiercely disputed by the Kremlin:

Vera Putina lives hand-to-mouth in rural Georgia but displays the famous hospitality of the people of the Caucuses. Draping a cloth over the table in her garden, she piles it with fruit, nuts and shot glasses of chacha – homemade vodka.

Her house sits on a dirt track in the village of Metekhi, about 12 miles from Gori which was occupied by Russian tanks this August during the conflict over the breakaway state of South Ossetia. A tiny woman, with gnarled worker’s hands, only Mrs Putina’s strong cheekbones and deep-set, piercing blue eyes are suggestive of who she claims she is.

“I used to be proud of having a son who became President of Russia. Since the war I am ashamed.”

Since Russian-born Mrs Putina saw Vladimir Putin on the television in 1999, she has been convinced he is her estranged son. Backed up by other residents in Metekhi, Mrs Putina claims he lived in the village between the ages of two-and-a-half and ten before being sent back to his grandparents in Ochyor, Russia.

Records in the archives of Metekhi’s closest town, Caspi, indicate that a Vladmir Putin was registered at Metekhi school, 1959-1960, stated nationality: Georgian.

Mrs Putina’s account is at odds with the Kremlin’s version of events and Dmitry Peskov, Mr Putin’s spokesman, yesterday dismissed the claims: “The story is not true. It does not correspond to reality at all.” . . .

. . . Mrs Putina states she is no longer willing to talk to journalists on the subject, but challenges Mr Putin to disprove her story. “I am ready to do a DNA test if he is.”


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  1. 99 said, on 12/6/08 at 1:29 am

    It’s just that psychopath, Saakashvili, trying to get even with Putin through the fascist media.

    Don’t fall for it, and don’t let Maury Povich anywhere near it!

    I’m trying to save the world, dammit!

  2. Curtis said, on 12/6/08 at 8:02 am

    Yeah, it smelled rather like a propaganda tip from Washington to me. Which is why Povich is just the man, you see.

  3. opit said, on 12/7/08 at 11:12 am

    Conspirators under every bedsheet ? That’s close enough to truth – though most are unaware of their complicity – without worrying about topics you’d find in a grocery store scandal rag.

  4. Curtis said, on 12/7/08 at 12:54 pm

    I suppose I’m just fascinated by how little I understand of the Russian political system and political culture these days. I’m trying to imagine, for instance, a leader “elected” in the U.S. whose early childhood was in question.

    I don’t really think she is his mom, but then again, I certainly don’t know. At best, it’s probably a very interesting prop op from Tblisi, as 99 says. The story just made my head hurt in that special way where I know I have to post it.

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