Vladimir Putin’s latest display of machismo


During a three-day fishing and hunting trip, the Russian President was pictured topless testing his angling skills in Lake Baikal, southern Siberia.

After taking a dip in the lake, the 64-year-old changed into scuba equipment to go spearfishing underwater.

Putin spearfishes in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia
Image:Putin spearfishes underwater in Lake Baikal

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that while he was hunting under the surface, the President chased a pike for two hours.

“There was no way he could shoot it, but in the end he got what he wanted,” Mr Peskov said.

“The water in the lake doesn’t get warmer than 17C, but this didn’t stop the President from going for a swim.”

It is not the first time the Kremlin has promoted Mr Putin’s credentials as a strong-man – the President’s previous publicity stunts include:

:: Taking a tumble during an ice hockey match in May

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a gala match of the hockey teams of the Night League at the Shayba Olympic Arena in Sochi, Russia

:: Piloting a motorised hang glider in 2012

Vladimir Putin pilots a motorised hang glider

:: Showing off his judo skills in December 2010

Vladimir Putin takes part in a judo training session

:: Holding a crossbow as he hunts for whales in the Sea of Japan, August 2010

Vladimir Putin holding a crossbow as he hunts for whales in the Sea of Japan, August 2010

:: Examining a polar bear on a Russian island in the Arctic Ocean, April 2010

Vladimir Putin and scientists examining a polar bear on the island Alexandra Land in the Arctic Ocean, April 2010

:: Riding a horse in southern Siberia’s Tuva region in August 2009

Vladimir Putin rides a horse

:: Holding a Siberian tiger’s head after shooting it with a tranquiliser in August 2008

Vladimir Putin holds a tiger's head


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