Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

thescroll_header

Putins on the Fritz, Splitting on the Doch of the Fray

Putin and Murdoch lead our divorce round-up

Print Email
(RussiaBlog)

It’s commonly thought that January is the month when the most break-ups take place. But what if you live in Russia and every month is kind of like January? Or, if you’re of Aussie stock, June is your January and the Coriolis effect makes chaos of your personal life. I’m talking about the Putins and Murdochs, two of my favorite couples, whose marriages are both not long for this world.

Last week, the world found out about the Putins when they made a joint announcement…on state television…all dressed up…having just left a ballet. It was the first time a Russian leader had annulled his marriage in 300 years when Peter the Great exiled his wife to a nunnery.

The First Couple of the Kremlin made the announcement on national television while dressed in formal wear, with the stiffness of wax statuettes and the careful orchestration of the ballet they had just finished watching. It was meant to be a rare bit of candor from a man whose government has guarded his family affairs as closely as the codes in his nuclear suitcase. But it mostly served to reaffirm the rule Russians have long gotten used to: everything about Putin’s life is a secret unless he dictates otherwise.

Talk about a black swan song! The development spawned all kinds of fodder for members of the press non-press in Russia, whose years-long suspicions about the precarious standing of Russia’s first couple were confirmed by the announcement.

Today, the news got darker with the announcement that media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch are also headed to Splitsville.

Murdoch met the socialite, 38 years his junior, at a company party in Hong Kong. The couple tied the knot in 1999, less than a month after Rupert’s divorce from his former wife Anna Maria Torv Murdoch Mann was finalized.

Just two years ago, the world was marveling as Wendi Murdoch deftly saved her ex-beloved Rupert by cold-cocking a protestor, who sought to interrupt a hearing at the British Parliament by hitting Murdoch with a shaving cream pie. It was exactly the Wendi DANG moment upon which many thought their eternal love was built. Now the two will have to split their own pie, including a $44 million 5th Avenue penthouse previously owned by Laurance S. Rockefeller.

From Russia, Without Love: Vladimir Putin Divorces Wife Lyudmila [Time]
Rupert Murdoch files for divorce from wife Wendi Deng [NYDN]

Print Email

COMMENTING CHARGES
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at letters@tabletmag.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.

2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Putins on the Fritz, Splitting on the Doch of the Fray

Putin and Murdoch lead our divorce round-up

More on Tablet:

Wolf Blitzer Explores His Jewish Roots

By David Meir Grossman — CNN host visits Yad Vashem and Auschwitz for the network’s ‘Roots’ series