Desperate First Wives

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MARRIED: President Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila.

Who'd want to be a First Lady? Wives with careers are cast as Lady Macbeth; wives without are dubbed dull. What's more, the most casual comment about your spouse can generate headlines.

In a rare interview last week, Lyudmila Putin let slip that her husband comes home late and doesn't often discuss his day at the office. Russian President Vladimir Putin "works too hard," she said, adding that his long hours make him forget that "one needs not only to work but also to live." Judging by the recent chorus of complaints from leading ladies, there's more...

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