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Rudkovskaya's prolific use of social media makes the couple's private life very public and offers glimpses of her strong influence on Plushenko's career.
When in December he came only second in the Russian national skating championship for the first time in 15 years, he talked bluntly of giving up his solo slot at Sochi.
Rudkovskaya responded by posting photographs on Twitter of Plushenko in a hospital bed, hooked up to a catheter."I think this situation all flows from the fact that Plushenko's wife is Yana Rudkovskaya.
This is all in the sphere of PR," top football commentator Vasily Utkin told Sovetsky Sport daily at the time.
Under Rudkovskaya's guidance, Plushenko has ventured into show business, from a reality show on Russian MTV to catwalk modelling and performances with an Ukrainian violinist, Edvin Marton.
But such crossover activities do not always appeal to sports fans.
Out of 37 participating countries, Bilan took second place with the dark pop song "Never Let You Go", equalling one of Russia's best ever showing at Eurovision — Alsou's "Solo" was runner-up back in the 2000 contest.
He was also initially Bilan's producer, despite his somewhat eccentric view that Bilan should sing only in Russian. Baturin, who subsequently married a backing singer, has been behind bars since 2011.-'Confessions of a concubine'-In her 2009 autobiography, "Confessions of a Concubine," Rudkovskaya wrote that Plushenko first asked her on a date when she was still formally married.
She admitted her first thought was that the legendary skating star should get a nose job.
When Plushenko announced he was having back surgery a year before Sochi, some assumed that this was yet another publicity stunt organised by Rudkovskaya.
A commentator on Russian-language Eurosport-2 television, Andrei Zhurankov, gave his opinion on air that "there was no such operation," prompting a threat to sue from Plushenko.