Putin Trip Is Tough-Guy Photo Op
Official pics show Russian PM swimming, riding bareback in Siberia
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2009 4:42 PM CDT
Vladimir Putin goes for a swim.   (AP Photo/ RIA Novosti, Alexei Drizhinin, Pool)

(Newser) – Vladimir Putin spent his vacation in southern Siberia swimming, climbing trees, and riding a horse bareback—all while shirtless. Though state news agencies portrayed the Russian prime minister’s trip as a vacation, the series of tough-guy photographs that emerged make it hard not to think he had a motive beyond recreation, notes the Telegraph: shoring up his image as a ripped, fearless man-of-action.

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sache
Aug 7, 2009 5:58 AM CDT
Strange.
Robert_Dada
Aug 5, 2009 12:16 PM CDT
He looks like an American militiaman dunderhead.
The_Pinkston
Aug 5, 2009 11:53 AM CDT
I dig the fake Oakleys