In a Feb 7 report, the New York Post said Alina Kabaeva, the gorgeous, 5-foot-4, 26-year-old girlfriend-mistress of the Russian Prime Minister has all but vanished.
"Her numbers have all been disconnected, and only five people are in touch with her - her ex-coach, her parents and two other gymnasts who serve in the Duma (the Russian Parliament)," a friend of Putin's girlfriend is quoted as saying in the report.
"This is modus operandi for Putin, who has always hated the press unless it is a photo-op of him shirtless, hunting tigers in Siberia," the friend added.
Since her retirement from the sport in 2006, Kabaeva came to be identified as Putin's girlfriend. She bore Putin an alleged love child in 2009.
The gymnast, who is half Muslim, was also elected to the Russian Parliament on Putin's party's ticket.