Putin Goes Shirtless Fishing in Siberia

It's just the latest in Russian president's series of action stunts
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 5, 2017 11:59 AM CDT
In this photo released by Kremlin press service on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin fishes during a mini-break in the Siberian Tyva region, a few days ago.    (Alexei Nikolsky)
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(Newser) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone spearfishing in southern Siberia's mountains, the latest stunt for the adventure-loving Russian leader, the AP reports. Footage released Saturday by Russian state television stations showed Putin steering an inflatable boat and fishing bare-chested with a rod in a mountain lake, accompanied by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and other officials. It also showed Putin fishing underwater with a spear gun. Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said the president spent two hours hunting a pike before finally getting it during Wednesday's trip.

Putin has frequently engaged in action stunts since taking the helm in 2000, flying combat jets, riding horses, and fishing bare-chested. He also accompanied a flock of cranes on a hang glider, shot a tiger with a tranquilizer gun, and released leopards into a wildlife sanctuary. (Read more Vladimir Putin stories.)

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