(AGI) Moscow, March 13 - Vladimir Putin's absence from publicevents over the last week is due to the birth of a love childto his rumoured girlfriend Alina Kabaeva, the Swiss newspaperBlick said on Friday. According to Blick, the 32-year-oldformer Olympic athlete and MP, whose relationship with Putinwas already the centre of gossip before his divorce, iscurrently at the Sant'Anna private clinic in Tessin, in theItalian-speaking Swiss region of Ticino. The paper said theclinic, which is famous for its maternity ward, was recommendedto Putin by his 'pal' Silvio Berlusconi, as his daughterBarbara gave birth there in 2009. The news has not yet beentaken up by Russian media, though it has begun circulating onsocial networks there, with opposition journalist Oleg Kashinposting it on Facebook. The rumour fits in with Twitter gossipthat Kabaeva has been absent from work since March 6, the sameday as Putin withdrew from the public eye. (AGI). .