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Putin: Here's How I Stay This Buff

Vladimir sits down with Naomi Campbell to talk fitness, tigers, bikers, oh my!
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2011 2:00 PM CST
Putin: Here's How I Stay This Buff
Vladimir Putin says he swims as part of his fitness regime.   (AP Photo/ RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service, Dmitry Astakhov)

(Newser) Hard-hitting, ahem, political interviewer Naomi Campbell sits down with Vladimir Putin for her latest GQ piece, and asks the really, really difficult questions. Like, just how does old Pooty-Poot manage to stay so fit? "I go to the gym, I swim daily and from time to time I meet with friends and do extra-curricular stuff," says the Russian PM. Campbell doesn't get clarification on whether "extra-curricular stuff" really means "cracking heads" or "cricket."

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Campbell notes photos of Putin swimming the butterfly in Siberia (see gallery above), to which he says his choice of stroke was driven by his desire to "get out of the water as soon as possible." Click here for the whole interview, including the part where Campbell pronounces that it's her "healthy mind as well as a healthy body that keeps me fit, sound, and calm." (Read more Vladimir Putin stories.)

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