Vladimir Putin's mistress, Alina Kabaeva, made a rare public appearance yesterday, avoiding any mention of the war in Ukraine, as well as the Russian president's rumored health problems.
The 39-year-old Olympic gold medalist has made few public appearances this year at the inauguration of a new fitness training centre.
Inaugurating the new complex in Sochi, she avoided mentioning Putin, who reportedly slipped on the stairs of his Moscow residence and is suffering from cancer and other health problems. She also did not mention the Russian president's war in Ukraine.
Instead, according to the Daily Mail, she told gymnasts at the international Divine Grace tournament that "the impossible is possible," also referring to her career. "When I was a gymnast, I couldn't even dream of conditions like the ones you have in this new sports training center," she said.
"But as life shows, the impossible is possible. And Russia is a country with great opportunities."
Moscow's state media is not allowed to discuss her 15-year relationship with Putin or the children they are rumored to have.
The last time the Russian First Lady was seen in public was in September. Then there were rumors that Putin ordered her to have an abortion.
Russian showbiz agency Starhi described her as "thin, with an elegant face," possibly alluding to the plastic surgery she and Putin are said to be undergoing.