Sanctions, which have been kept secret for years, now shed light on Putin's personal life.

Putin has shrouded his personal life in secrecy and sealed it in rumors . He has two officially recognized daughters from his first marriage, but according to independent Russian news outlets, he may have four more children with two other women .

Vladimir Putin did not like the prying.In Sardinias lavish Villa Certosa, the Russian president, who was then 56 and eight years into his enraging grip, held a press conference.Silvio Berlusconi, a media mogul and former Italian prime minister, was at his side.According to a source, Putin's two teenage daughters ran around the sprawling villa during the summers, going on private luxury shopping and boating excursions under the strict rules that their identities be kept secret and their faces be concealed from public view.

Now that nations put sanctions on those closest to him, including those approved by the United Kingdom on the woman long considered to be his mistress, Alina Kabaeva, and his ex-wife, Lyudmila Ocheretnaya, the facade is crumbling, revealing a new face of Russian politics.According to a 2008 study in Moskovsky Korrespondent, Putin and his wife of 25 years were secretly divorced.He had fallen for Kabaeva, an Olympic gold medalist in rhythmic gymnastics who, at 24, was about the age of his daughters, according to the journal.Putin argued that I have always reacted negatively to those who meddle in other peoples lives by their snotty noses and erotic fantasies, denying the findings.

He is an ex-KGB operative.He has two officially recognized daughters from his first marriage, but according to independent Russian news outlets, he may have four more children with two other women.Yet his proclaimed daughters, who are now approaching middle age, are so obscure that they are barely noticeable on a Moscow street.In the Russian enclaves of Switzerland, a petition requesting the return of his alleged paramour, Kabaeva, was launched in March, angrily comparing her to Hitler's mistress, Eva Braun.

They haven't seen her.Residents in a Monte Carlo luxury apartment building shrug at photos of another possible Putins girlfriend and child who owned property there.There are so many tales to tell.Both of them should be true or none of them should be true.