Vladimir Putin seems to have a new favorite — stunning blond Victoria Lopyreva.
Miss Russia 2003 has been given the cushy job of official ambassador of the FIFA World Cup, to be held in Russia this summer.
Lopyreva flies private to European capitals. In Paris, she posted an Instagram photo of herself in a suite at the Four Seasons Hotel George V with a crocodile Hermès Birkin bag.
Moscow sources say she wouldn’t have gotten the plum post without Putin’s say-so, and the TV presenter hasn’t been shy about her support for Putin.
Lopyreva urged her 1.8 million Instagram followers to vote on election day and then visited the vote monitoring office in Moscow.
“Today I saw how surveillance on Russia’s Presidential voting is run,” she posted. After Putin won another six-year term in a landslide, she wrote: “A new week, but a sense of stability for the next 6 years?”
Putin has two grown daughters from his first wife, Lyudmila, and is rumored to have three kids with former Olympic gymnast Alina Kabaeva.
I reported two years ago on Alisa Kharcheva, a calendar pinup who sent Putin a birthday greeting in a blog titled “Pussy for Putin,” in which the busty brunette posed suggestively with a cat and a portrait of her beloved leader.
“Putin doesn’t mind the speculation about these beautiful women,” one Russian told me. “It’s part of his real-man image.”