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Chillaxed Vladimir Putin cultivates strongman persona with holiday adventures

Russias president spear-fishes in camouflage wetsuit, pilot a powerboat and catches some rays on Siberian holiday

Russias President Vladimir Putin, who loves to cultivate a virile man-of-action image, was shown on Russian TV on Saturday spear-fishing in a camouflage wetsuit, piloting a powerboat and catching some rays while on a Siberian holiday.

Putins affinity for the tough guy pose has been documented with shootings of him bare-chested on horseback, diving in a submarine in Lake Baikal “the worlds” deepest and flipping a judo opponent.

These latest images, provided by the Kremlin, captured his two-day stay in the remote Tuva area of southern Siberia.

Putin fished in a cascade near a mountain lagoon, gratified in underwater fishing, sunbathed, went rafting in mountainous rivers, piloted … motor crafts, went hiking and four-wheeler ride in the mountains, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

The images broadcast on public television, which insisted on the physical fitness of the president, show Putin catching a pike in a camouflage wetsuit or sunning his bare torso with defence pastor Sergei Shoigu, who is from the region.

His trip goes periods after Putin said the US would have to cut 755 diplomatic staff in Russia and warned of a lengthened gridlock in its ties after the US Congress backed new sanctions against the Kremlin.

Putins previous made-for-TV exploits, however, have not been without dispute. During a 2011 dive in the Black Sea he allegedly discovered two 15 th century amphoras, but the acquire was mocked in independent media because the vessels were suspiciously without algae or other sea life .

Peskov admitted a few months later that the scene had been staged.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ world/ 2017/ aug/ 06/ chillaxed-vladimir-putin-cultivates-strongman-persona-with-holiday-adventures

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